FAA staff availability could affect flyers

New York City area travelers, beware: it could be a rough night at the region’s airports. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said it doesn’t have enough staff to properly manage the airspace around the city Monday night, and warns that major delays could result.

“Due to the availability of staff tonight, the FAA must reduce the flow of aircraft in certain airspace serving New York City to maintain safety. Departure and arrival delays this evening could approach two hours at John F. Kennedy International, New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports,” the agency said in a statement. “Passengers should prepare for delays, and monitor for updates. Please check with your airline for information about specific flights.”

As of 4:50 p.m. ET, JFK, Newark Liberty International Airport and La Guardia International Airport were reporting a combined 69 delayed flights, according to FlightAware’s Misery Map. 

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