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DIA warns of delays due to air traffic control staffing shortage

Multiple air traffic control operations across the country are reporting impacts due to COVID-19.

DENVER — Denver International Airport said up to 20 minute delays are possible Tuesday morning due to what it said was a staffing shortage with air traffic control.

This comes during what could be one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, which will have fewer passengers than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the air traffic control tower at DIA shut down after “personnel” tested positive for COVID-19. DIA has not indicated if Tuesday's staffing shortage was due to the virus.

At the time, an FAA spokesperson told 9NEWS he could not say how many employees tested positive at the tower, but that he wasn’t aware of any impacts to airport operations.

At the beginning of December, flights were delayed up to 2.5 hours after an air traffic control employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

An interactive map on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website shows COVID-19 cases at airports across the U.S. It lists the most recent positive test at DIA as happening on Dec. 14.

Four employees at Denver’s Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities (TRACON) have also tested positive for COVID-19.

>>> Watch the video above for a previous 9NEWS story about air traffic control staffing shortages causing delays at DIA. 

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