This is true for tenants who fly into and out of BWI.
The federal budget cuts are having an impact on air traffic around the country, including some smaller facilities like Frederick Municipal Airport.
The local facility is a general aviation airport which doesn't have any scheduled take offs and landings. But Manager Kevin Daugherty says many of the airport's tenants fly into and out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for business. "They're going to experience delays just like the flying public will," he says.
And it isn't just pilots who fly into BWI from Frederick. "Also, some of our aircraft fly through BWI air space. So they're going to be experiencing delays as well," he says. "It's kind of two fold."
The delays are the result of sequestration, the severe federal budget cuts which took affect this year. As a result, the number of air traffic controllers at major airports has been reduced. The Federal Aviation Administration says it had no choice but to furlough its 47.000 employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. The agency says planes will take off and nd land less frequently because of the limited number of traffic controllers on duty.
"We're really disappointed at the whole sequestration process, and we'd like to see some answers," Daugherty says.
Hagerstown Regional Airport is not expected to have too many problems due to the sequestration, according to officials there. "We have flights to Dulles, but we haven't seen any residual affects of those yet," says James Jenkins, a spokesman for Washington County government.
He says the county is more concerned about what will happen in June, when air traffic control towers could be shut down due to the sequester. "We are part of the FAA Control Tower Program. Now, we were supposed to be hit by sequestration on May 5th. On April 5th, the FAA actually extended that deadline so the impact on us won't happen until June 15th," Jenkins says.
In the meantime, he urges people who use the airport to arrive a little earlier before their flights take off or land.
Daugherty says there's not much anyone can do in this situation. "The delays are the delays. It's going to be hit and miss," he says.
A number of municipalities which operate airports say these sequestration cuts could hurt the economy.