US row could hit St Patrick's Day flight plans
TRAVEL plans for thousands of St Patrick's Day revellers could be thrown into disarray – as the United States government is in dispute with air traffic controllers due to budget cuts.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering forcing its 47,000 employees to take up to two days' forced unpaid leave every two weeks.
The dispute has come at what is one of the busiest times of year for air travel between Ireland and the US.
Tens of thousands of US visitors are expected to arrive in Ireland this month for St Patrick's Day alone, with The Gathering adding extra interest this year.
However, temporary lay-offs could impact on flight schedules and reduce capacity.