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Apr 22, 2013 4:15 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Air traffic staffing cuts lead to big LAX delays

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some fliers headed to Los Angeles International Airport were met with long delays on the first day of staffing cuts for air traffic controllers because of government spending reductions.

The Federal Aviation administration said on its website late Sunday that cuts are causing delays averaging more than three hours for flights arriving LAX.

The agency did not say how many flights were affected.

Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe says about 70 flights had delays of about an hour or more Sunday, but could not say the role staffing played.

Delays are expected to get worse Monday.

Budget cuts that kicked in last month forced the FAA to give controllers extra days off. The agency says planes will have to take off and land less frequently to avoid overloading the remaining controllers.

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