(CNN) – The Federal Aviation Administration has canceled an earlier warning that flights in and out of New York area airports could be delayed for up to two hours Monday night due to a lack of air traffic controllers.
Earlier in the day, the FAA said flights could be delayed up to two hours due to staffing issues.
“Departure and arrival delays this evening could approach two hours at John F. Kennedy International, New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports,” the FAA said in a statement.
A publicly available FAA advisory indicated staffing problems at the New York Air Traffic Control Center, an air traffic control facility located 50 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island. The FAA advisory said delays were expected from 5pm to 11pm ET.
Airlines have pointed to air traffic controller staffing issues as a reason for mass flight cancellations this summer, though the FAA maintains that most delays are down to the airlines.
According to data from flight-tracking site FlightAware, 48,000 flights in the US were canceled between May 27, the Friday before Memorial Day, and August 14. This figure represents 2.3% of scheduled flights.
Nearly 483,000 US flights were delayed during that period, or about 24% of flights.
Bad weather has complicated other operational challenges this summer.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in an interview with CNN last week that while the weather disrupted air traffic last weekend, it “shouldn’t have created the kind of ripple effects through the system that it did.
This news has been updated with information about canceling field delays.
Top Image: Travelers wait for flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York on July 1, 2022. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg/Getty Images)