The delays are not because of inclement weather or staffing shortages. The delays are because of cleaning at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “The FAA Air Traffic Control Tower is undergoing a required sanitization & deep clean,” the airport says.

The delays could stretch until midnight Thursday until Friday, according to FAA. Approach control posts monitor flight paths on radar systems. They hand off to airports’ Air Traffic Control Centers once planes get within 3-5 miles of the airport. The FAA says approach control operations can handle taking over the workload.

The FAA encourages travelers to keep a close eye on their flights. There were multiple flight delays and cancellations for the Austin airport listed online Thursday afternoon. On the FAA website, the average delay time was listed as 188 minutes, with the maximum delay time listed as 289 minutes.
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