Simple Flying - Channing Reid

Minimum flight requirements at NYC airports have been extended due to ATC staffing issues.

ATC staffing levels at New York Terminal Radar Approach Control are insufficient.

The FAA hired 1,500 controllers this year and plans to hire 1,800 more next year.

Minimum flight requirements at the three busy New York City-area airports will be extended through late next year due to air traffic controller (ATC) staffing issues. It comes after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last month that flight requirements would only be extended through next month.

The move is expected to ease stress on airlines that faced several flight delays due to challenges with government staffing. The FAA has struggled to find more ATC workers since the pandemic flipped the industry upside down, in addition to dealing with a training backlog.

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