FAA cancels New York ground delays triggered by staffing issues

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration has canceled an earlier warning that flights in and out of New York City-area airports could be delayed up to two hours Monday night due to a shortage of air traffic controllers.

“New York City airspace now has some additional staffing, allowing us to cancel the ground delays at Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International. Passengers should continue to check and their airlines.”

Earlier in the day, the FAA said flights could be delayed up to two hours due to staffing issues.

“Departure and arrival delays this evening could approach two hours at John F. Kennedy International, New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports,”[ads1]; the FAA said in a statement.

A publicly available FAA advisory showed staffing problems at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, an air traffic control facility located 50 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island. The FAA advisory said delays were expected from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM ET.

Airlines have pointed to staffing problems with air traffic controllers as a reason for massive flight cancellations this summer, although the FAA claims that most delays are caused by the airlines.

According to data from flight tracking site FlightAware, 48,000 US flights were canceled between May 27, the Friday before Memorial Day, and August 14. This figure represents 2.3% of the scheduled flights.

Nearly 483,000 US flights were delayed during that period, or about 24% of flights.

Bad weather has exacerbated other operational challenges this summer.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a CNN interview last week that while the weather disrupted a recent weekend of air travel, it shouldn’t have created the kind of ripple effects through the system that it did.

“It’s something that to me is an indication that we still haven’t seen the improvements that we need, that the system is very crazy,” Buttigieg said last week on CNN’s New Day.

This story has been updated with information about the cancellation of the ground delays.

Top photo: Travelers wait for flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York on July 1, 2022. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

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