Airport Watches for Furlough Delays

MEDFORD, Ore. – There are no air traffic controllers being furloughed at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be delays.

Airport Director Bern Case said he is keeping a close eye on hubs that connect to Medford, including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Case said if furloughs at those airports cause delays for flights to Medford, it will naturally cause delays for flights scheduled to leave Medford. So far, Case said he has not seen any major delays.

“Most of our flights have been coming in on time,” he said. “We had one late from San Francisco, but we’ve had one late from San Francisco every week for as long as I can remember, and that’s the challenges on that end.”

The Federal Aviation Administration was forced to cut $637 million because of the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester. The furloughs would help save the agency $200 million. The FAA said 1,200 delays on Monday were because of staffing reductions from the furloughs.