Government Shutdown Forces Temporary Closure of LaGuardia Airport  01/25/2019 15:45:20   Chris Morris

LaGuardia Airport was closed for a short period Friday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration, due to a lack of air traffic controllers.

The delay, which was scheduled to last until 10:45am is the strongest signal to date that the ongoing government shutdown is significantly impacting air travel in the country and follows safety warnings from the airline industry’s three biggest unions earlier this week.

Closure of LaGuardia, one of the nation’s busiest airports, will have a ripple effect on other flights around the country.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, JetBlue Airways Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes said air travel was reaching a “tipping point” because of the shutdown, warning of delays, long waits and flight cancellations.

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