AUSTIN (KXAN) – Delays are expected Thursday afternoon at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), the airport announced in a tweet.
The delays are not because of inclement weather or staffing shortages but rather because of cleaning.
“The FAA Air Traffic Control Tower is undergoing a required sanitization & deep clean. AUS will be experiencing delays for both arrivals and departures. Thank you for your patience,” the tweet said.
In a follow-up tweet, AUS said “anyone picking up a passenger from the terminal should monitor their flight status and contact their airlines for updated information.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said COVID cleaning and reduced staffing created a lowered aircraft arrival rate at AUS.
On the FAA website, the average delay time was listed as 188 minutes, with the maximum delay time listed as 289 minutes.
There were multiple flight delays and cancellations for the Austin airport listed online Thursday afternoon.