End of furloughs to prevent further Mich. delays

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Michigan passengers may experience fewer airport delays because of a deal in Washington to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

Congress approved legislation Friday ending the furloughs, which have caused delays for passengers in cities nationwide. The bill allows the FAA to use money from the Airport Improvement Fund to end the furloughs, which began April 21.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport spokesman Michael Conway says the airport is relieved the furloughs will end. But he's concerned that it's only a temporary fix and could take funding away from construction projects.

He says the Federal Aviation Administration sent out alerts this week that Detroit Metro was experiencing brief delays due to a "staffing shortage." He says longer delays in Chicago and New York have also affected Detroit fliers.

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