Risk of Flight Delays Returns as FAA Weighs Controller Furloughs - Businessweek

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Flight delays caused by air-traffic controller furloughs are at risk of recurring as the Federal Aviation Administration considers sending workers home without pay during the next fiscal year amid a funding shortfall.

FAA officials have told aviation industry officials and lawmakers that a new round of furloughs will be needed to close a budget gap of as much as $700 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, four people briefed by agency leaders said. They asked not to be named because the meetings were private.