Thousands of travelers along the East Coast are facing flight delays Saturday due to technical issues at a Federal Aviation Administration center in Virginia, authorities said.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., Scandinavian Airlines 908, an Airbus A330, and ExpressJet 4226, an Embraer E145 aircraft, made contact while both aircraft were taxiing for departure, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Congress approved a bill Friday allowing the U.S. Department of Transportation to shift about $250 million within the agency and put 15,000 air traffic controllers back on the job full-time.
The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all employee furloughs, officially ending the flight delays that have plagued the nation all week.
The FAA announced all of its 47,000 employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers, will be furloughed one day every two weeks through September.
About 50,000 FAA employees including 15,000 air traffic controllers are being forced to take a furlough day every other week until the end of September because of the cuts.
As of Thursday night, airlines have canceled more than 2,400 flights scheduled for Friday. Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport have more than a 1,000 cancellations.
By afternoon, there were no major problems on the roadways. Subway, bus and rail service also was normal.
The storm system is the same one that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the South.
All New York metro area airports were experiencing major delays Monday afternoon due to heavy fog in the area.
While the Port Authority takes in proposals to do an airport capacity study Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia, one local aviation advocate says the first thing to do is upgrade the air traffic control system.
Be prepared for delays if you’re planning on catching a flight from JFK, Laguardia or Newark airport. The ice storm frosting the region is also freezing some flights.
No matter where you went in the Tri-State Area on Thursday there was no escaping the aftermath of a Wednesday snowstorm that dropped as much as 20 inches in certain spots.
A new government report criticizes attempts to reduce area airport chaos, saying scheduling rules continue to put too many planes in line when weather is the worst.