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Aviation officials say Chicago flight delays not tied to furloughs

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:37:57 CDT
By: AP

Aviation officials say some airlines are experiencing minimal delays out of Chicago but that none appear linked to furloughs of air traffic controllers at city airports. Chicago's Aviation Department said Monday some flights to Florida and New York are delayed by 30 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. And a few flights at Midway Airport are delayed.
Such delays aren't uncommon. And the department says they don't seem connected to furloughs that started Sunday because of government spending cuts. Elsewhere across the country, there are indications that at least some airline flights have started backing up because of staffing issues. As a result of the budget cuts, FAA officials have said they have no choice but to furlough all 47,000 agency employees, including nearly 15,000 controllers.

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