NY's LaGuardia airport experiencing major delays amidst US government shutdown

Jan 25 2019, 3:38 pm

If you’re flying to New York soon, you may want to check which airport you’re flying into. Although either way, you may be delayed.

Due to the ongoing US government shutdown, LaGuardia had grounded its flights on Friday morning as per the Federal Aviation Association, but that was lifted soon after.

Nonetheless, the major NY airport is experiencing delays.

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According to the FAA, staffing issues has resulted in a Traffic Management Program is in effect for LaGuardia, causing delays of an average hour and 26 minutes for arriving flights.

Federal Aviation Association

A statement following the delays also says that the FAA has had an increase in sick leaves, resulting in this morning’s airport chaos.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said that Donald Trump’s shutdown is pushing Americans to the breaking point.

“The Trump Shutdown has already pushed hundreds of thousands of Americans to the breaking point. Now it’s pushing our airspace to the breaking point too,” said the Speaker of the House.

The US government has been under a partial shutdown since December, as Trump seeks to include a $5 billion wall along the US-Mexico border in the federal budget.