Congress has reached a deal to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. That's according to a statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It’s a relief to thousands who are furloughed.
Three airlines dropped their fares during the FAA shutdown, but Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and most of the rest of the industry bumped prices to offset taxes the FAA can’t charge while it’s closed. Former airline executive and industry consultant Robert Mann said the airlines often complain that taxes and fees depress demand, but when they had a chance to prove their point, they pocketed the extra money instead.
Operators of small rural Georgia airports are getting increasingly worried over the Congressional stalemate of FAA funding. Those worries go beyond furloughs and expansion projects--to issues of safety. In Georgia, 95 of 104 publicly-owned airports that serve only private and corporate aviation rely heavily on the federal funding now suspended.
Congress did not extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration Friday. Passengers at Georgia airports won’t see delays or flight cancellations this weekend. But travelers could save some money.