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FAA: Normal operations to resume by Sunday

2:15 PM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday afternoon that normal operations of its system will resume by Sunday evening after Congress passed legislation that allowed the agency to end furloughs.

In a statement Saturday, the FAA said it has suspended all employee furloughs and that air traffic facilities "will begin to return to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours."

The House cleared legislation Friday that allows agency to shift $253 million from other accounts to end furloughs that began Sunday. The vote was 361-41. The Senate approved the measure Thursday night.

On Friday, Lawmakers said the furloughs could end immediately after President Obama signs the bill into law.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama would sign the bill, though he wasn't sure when. "It will be good news for America's traveling public if Congress spares them the unnecessary delays that we've seen," he said.

About 40% of delays this week were a result of not enough controllers in towers, the FAA said, with 1,200 delays blamed on staffing on Monday, 1,025 on Tuesday and 863 on Wednesday.

 

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