Most flights were on schedule, as US air travel got back to normal.
This came after a week of growing passenger frustration and airline delays caused by not having enough air traffic controllers on duty. Lawmakers in Washington moved swiftly to solve the problem - and reduce the effect of mandatory spending cuts which had forced 15-hundred air traffic controllers a day to take unpaid leave. Travelers are relieved.
"It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a few bucks for some air traffic controllers would make us all a lot happier," said one airline passenger.
In Atlanta, where delays were not as bad as elsewhere, Airport Manager Louis Miller is still relieved.
"It think it's the ability that the traffic manager here recognized that you do have the busiest airport in the world and, when things get backed up here significantly, every city not only in the US, but internationally, can get affected," he said.
Transportation officials say the shift in funding also will keep 149 air-control towers at smaller airports open. Despite the move restoring full strength to the nation's air traffic control system, both political parties in Congress continue to blame each other for the forced spending cuts.
1.furlough n. 休假；暂时解雇；放假
This could mean a massive furlough of government workers.
2.on schedule adv. 按时；按照预定时间
I have accomplished the task on schedule.
3.mandatory adj. 强制的；托管的；命令的
Attendance is mandatory.
4.restore vt. 恢复；修复；归还
The doctor restored him to his sight.
5.full strength 满员；全强度
The bandits turned out in full strength.