Flight delays are expected multiple airports, including Tampa, due to staffing issues with air traffic control.
It has been confirmed by CBS, delays are related to the ongoing government shutdown.
There are delays at Newark, Philadelphia and (of course) Tampa due to staff shortages at air traffic control centers in Washington and Jacksonville that regulate planes flying at higher altitudes between airports. This means there are only allowing fewer planes into the air at a time.
Only flights along the east coast are currently being affected. That’s us ladies and gentlemen…
Tampa Bay area will be experiencing delays because it’s the air traffic controllers based in Washington and Jacksonville who are determining our far apart planes are flying and making decisions that would have a domino effect on the rest of the coast.
“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida,” the FAA wrote in a statement to CBS News. “As with severe storms, we will adjust operations to a safe rate to match available controller resources.”
So bottom line not a good day to be flying from the northeast to Florida and vice versa. That’ll likely turn into a bad day to fly into/out of the Northeast if this continues.— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) January 25, 2019
More info HERE.