Traveling over Indigenous Peoples' Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day is historically one of the busiest travel times of the year. With increased demand and the possibility of inclement weather, it's more important than ever to take necessary precautions before traveling.
We've partnered with @almostcaptainmorgan to share information on how the FAA plans for busy travel times and to provide tips for holiday travel.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched an interactive Customer Service Dashboard to provide travelers with up-to-date airline customer service policies on cancellations and delays to ensure customers have easy access to information when problems arise.
Visit DOT's Airline Customer Service Dashboard page for more information.
Navigating Around More Bad Weather
This year, we’re seeing more frequent thunderstorms across the Florida peninsula and there have been significantly more weather delays in the area than normal. The FAA’s Command Center works closely with airlines to plan for, and around, expected weather nationwide. On a local level, National Weather Service meteorologists housed at the FAA's 22 centers handling high-altitude traffic provide down-to-the-minute weather predictions for exact arrival and departure routes in the busiest parts of the U.S. airspace.
- A new weather-forecasting tool that the FAA and National Weather Service developed increases air traffic controllers’ ability to manage the nation’s skyways. For the flying public, that could mean reduced delays due to potentially dangerous storms.
- Get daily updates and information on how the weather may affect your travel direct from our Command Center staff.
- Bad weather in other parts of the country can affect flights into and out of your area. Learn more about terminology you might hear while traveling.
FAA's Command Center
The FAA’s Command Center works around the clock to keep the system moving safely and efficiently. This year we took additional steps to keep things moving. The FAA had a productive meeting with around a dozen airlines, general aviation representatives and associations to find solutions to meet the growing demand in Florida. To learn more, view the meeting summary.
Find out how the Command Center manages the flow of air traffic nationwide.
CNBC visited the FAA Command Center to get an inside look at how the FAA deals with severe weather situations.
Software capability at airports across the country gets planes from gate to runway more quickly while burning less fuel.
How You Can Plan Ahead
You might not be a pilot or an air traffic controller, but you can take steps to make your trip as smooth as possible. From tracking the status of your airport to showing you how to pack safely, the FAA has a host of resources to help travelers plan ahead.
Integrating Space Operations into the U.S. Airspace
As commercial space operations have steadily increased, the FAA is using new tools and procedures that have cut the time of airspace closures by up to 50 percent — from four hours to about 2 hours — and in some cases even less.
During launches and reentries, the FAA temporarily closes airspace to protect the traveling public, and re-routing aircraft can contribute to flight delays. With Florida’s Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center accounting for nearly 75 percent of the launches that affect the U.S. airspace system, the impact can be outsized in the Southeast.
Commercial Space Resources
Commercial space operations are steadily on the rise. To learn more about commercial space operations, how the Space Data Integrator (SDI) helps reduce airspace closure times or how space operations take place safely, review the resources below.
The Air Up There Podcasts
- Learn how the puzzle pieces fit together in a cross-country flight — from takeoff to cruising altitude and back down.
- Hear from two professionals on convective weather, flight delays, and the work that the FAA does to get ahead of severe weather and minimize delays.