The Federal Aviation Administration said on Saturday that it had suspended its employee furloughs and was in the process of returning to normal staffing levels, a day after Congress approved legislation to relieve spending cuts to the nation's air traffic control system.
The agency said it expected its operations to be back to normal by Sunday evening, a move that would bring the air traffic control system back to full strength a week after staff reductions began causing extra delays to flights across the country.
The furloughs for air traffic controllers were a result of $85 billion in spending cuts that took effect March 1 and have cascaded across the federal government. The flight delays that ensued were one of the most visible consequences of the across-the-board "sequestration" cuts.
Concerned about the inconvenience that the delays were posing for travelers across the country, the Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would give the federal transportation secretary flexibility to shift as much as $253 million to the air traffic control system and return the system's staffing to full strength.
The House approved the measure on Friday as President Obama and Congressional Democrats relented on their stand that the airport delays would be addressed only as part of a broader effort to reverse the across-the-board spending cuts.
The money will come from airport improvement funds, and officials said they expected it would be enough to allow the F.A.A. to operate the air traffic control system at full strength through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.