Alaska Airlines Urging Travelers to Take Precaution Amid FAA Furlough
Alaska Airlines is recommending that customers check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport and allow additional time to check in when traveling to or from Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark, San Diego and San Francisco.
The Federal Aviation Administration began to furlough air traffic controllers Sunday, which the agency predicts could cause extensive ground delays ranging from 50 minutes to two hours and a reduction in flight arrivals of 30 to 40 percent at certain airports.
Alaska Airlines are not planning to pre-cancel any flights; however, the carrier is recommending that customers arrive at the airport two hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours before departure for international flights
While the FAA says ground delays are expected to impact six airports Alaska Airlines serves, rolling delays could affect the carrier’s entire 95-city operation and cause crew scheduling issues that would force the cancellation of dozens of flights.