OKC Air Traffic Controller Academy Closed Amid Government Shutdown
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - The Federal Aviation Administration says its air traffic controller academy in Oklahoma City is temporarily closed right now because of the partial government shutdown.
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That means delayed training for new controllers at a time when the FAA is already short-staffed, which could lead to flight delays. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says controllers are already working overtime and now, not getting paid.
"We are working 6 days a week. Some are working 10 hours a day that's across the country. We are at a 30 year low in staffing for air traffic controllers nationwide. The school in Oklahoma is shutdown," said National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Marc Schneider.