Flight delays at East Coast airports haven’t spread to Bay Area

There were no flight delays at Bay Area airports Friday, even as the Federal Aviation Administration halted flights from several East coast airports because of staffing shortages stemming from the government shutdown.

The FAA released a statement Friday morning alerting passengers of a “slight increase in sick leave at two facilities. We are mitigating the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed.”

Major flight delays were reported Friday morning at La Guardia Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

There have been no flight delays reported at San Francisco International Airport, San Jose International Airport or Oakland International Airport, officials said.

Employees who work at Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies are expected to protest against the government shutdown, which has entered its 35th day, at noon Friday at Oakland International Airport.

Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sravani@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SarRavani

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