The US Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all employee furloughs and that it expects the US air travel system to return to normal by Sunday evening Eastern Time.
The suspension follows passage on Friday of a bill allowing the agency to shift money within its budget to halt furloughs of air traffic controllers that started April 21.
The furloughs, prompted by automatic budget cuts, caused thousands of flight delays and hundreds of cancellations throughout the week. The FAA said in a statement on Saturday that it expects staffing to return to normal levels by Sunday evening.
On Saturday, President Barack Obama chided Republicans in his weekly radio address for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays while leaving untouched budget cuts that affect children and the elderly.
Congressman Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a Republican from Pennsylvania, said the FAA could have complied with the automatic budget cuts, known as sequester, in a way that avoided inconveniencing travellers. Source: Reuters
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