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Congressman Sires Statement on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Halting Flights into New York’s LaGuardia Airport

Jan 25, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily halting flights into New York’s LaGuardia Airport and reports of severe delays at numerous other airports:

“The shutdown has severely impacted air traffic controllers and other aviation safety specialists who are being placed in an increasingly stressful situation as the shutdown continues. The grounding at LaGuardia Airport and the reports of severe delays at Newark Liberty International Airport are further signs of a system that is breaking down, and the staff shortages that caused these delays are a direct result of the shutdown. Continuing the shutdown would put at risk the wellbeing of aviation workers, passengers, and the economy. Once again, we are witnessing the disastrous impacts of a shutdown that has gone on for far too long.”