FAA officials have said that a round of furloughs will be necessary to reduce the budget gap by as much as $700 million in the next fiscal year. The next fiscal year will start on Oct. 1. These furloughs could cause flight delays similar to the ones that occurred in April. The furloughs that occurred in April caused 3% to 4% of flights to experience delays. The House and Senate passed legislation to end those furloughs after six days, but that legislation only applied to the 2013 fiscal year. It’s uncertain how many cuts the FAA will have to make, but it has already cut nonessential travel and training, reports Bloomberg.
While passengers can’t do much about flight delays, they can keep up with how long delays are expected to last. Passengers can get a general idea for flight delays at the FFA’s website, as well as by checking with the airlines they are travelling with.
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