US must boost air traffic control staff as travel demand rises – senator

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs more air traffic controllers to address rising passenger demand, the chair of a U.S. Senate panel overseeing aviation issues said on Thursday, amid investigations into a series of recent runway incidents. “We don’t have enough pilots. We don’t have enough maintenance people, and we don’t have enough air traffic controllers,” Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, who chairs the Senate Commerce aviation subcommittee, told Reuters. A series of aviation close calls has sparked alarm and raised questions about t…

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