The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Furloughs could affect flights to Alaska

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
Associated Press
Published:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flights to Alaska could be delayed because of air traffic controller furloughs throughout the country, the state’s main air carrier announced.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines said it would not immediately cancel company flights but warned travelers to check their flight’s status before heading to the airport.
The airline, using information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, instructed customers heading to its largest hub cities to prepare for delays of 50 minutes to two hours.
The number of planes landing at airports could be reduced 30 percent to 40 percent, affecting Alaska travelers who often must rely on connections to reach destinations, the airline said.
Unpaid furloughs of air traffic controllers were forced by the mandatory reduction in federal spending that kicked in last month when a budget agreement could not be worked out in Congress. One out of three air travelers could be affected, according to Airlines for America, a trade organization.
The FAA warned of effects on travelers to Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark, San Diego and San Francisco.
Allen Kenitzer, an FAA spokesman for Alaska, told the Anchorage Daily News that he could not give the number of air traffic controllers going on furlough in Alaska.
All air traffic controllers will have to take one furlough day per two-week pay period, he said.
The FAA provided little specific information, said Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy, and it was not immediately apparent when furloughs would start.
“Some airplanes will be delayed, and then potentially, if the delays start backing up and getting too severe, then the airlines just start to cancel flights,” McElroy said. “All of this is really just speculation. We don’t know until the furloughs go into effect, and then we’ll see the actual consequences.”
Alaska Airlines eventually may have to cancel flights, McElroy said. Passengers who miss connecting flights due to delays will not be charged a fee to make new connections.
Story tags » Air travelFederal

More Northwest Headlines

NEWSLETTER

HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates

Calendar

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus