Like much of the country, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases at air traffic facilities and other offices across the nation.

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The FAA air traffic system is resilient and flexible, it says. Every air traffic control facility in the country has a contingency plan to keep air traffic moving safely when events impede normal operations. In some cases, this means transferring duties to adjacent facilities.

Air traffic controllers, technicians and safety inspectors are highly trained professionals who play critical roles in safely and efficiently moving tens of thousands of aircraft and millions of passengers — 24 hours a day, every day.

FAA’s mission is to operate the world’s largest and most complex airspace system and it has an equal obligation to ensure the health and safety of its employees.

Each disruption has a distinct impact on the air traffic system. The FAA is experiencing this at the handful of facilities already affected by COVID-19. Passengers can check the FAA website for real-time updates about how the air traffic system is performing.