Controller retirements contribute to delays

02/6/2008 | Wall Street Journal, The

A surge of retirements among air traffic controllers plays a role in on-time performance, according to NATCA. The number of air traffic controllers is currently at its lowest level in more than a decade, but the FAA says that air travel is safer than ever. Nonetheless, FAA is hiring hundreds of trainees and offering bonuses to workers who are close to retirement as an incentive to stay on the job.

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