Business as usual at Westchester County Airport as shutdown endsPosted: Updated:
It was business as usual with all flights on time at Westchester County Airport Friday, but not so much for other airports around the country.
The FAA reported delays in air travel because of an increase in workers calling out sick at two East Coast air traffic facilities. It was the direct result of the partial government shutdown that is expected to end today.
But in Westchester, airport manager Peter Scherrer told News 12 that “all air traffic controllers” showed up for work.
“They're doing their job. That's what they do. They take pride in their work here," says Scherrer.
The management at the Westchester County Airport say they were preparing to take in flights diverted from other airports.
Management worked in conjunction with Westchester County Executive George Latimer to come up with a long-term plan to help out the more than 100 federal workers at the airport due to the shutdown.
The airport offered cash-strapped federal workers gas to get to and from work, as well as interest-free loans. Both the gas money and loans are expected to be paid back by the employees.