Major airports in Texas are not among those the Federal Aviation Administration expects to see serious delays on a daily basis.
However, the agency tells KTRH News like those across the nation, every air traffic controller in the Houston area must take one day off per pay period, which translates to once every two weeks.
In a statement, the agency's Lynn Lunsford says depending on the time of day, the weather and traffic conditions at other airports, it's possible that delays still could affect flight schedules.
In general, 10 percent of controllers at any facility are on furlough each day.
Heading into the summer travel season, local flyers have an advantage with good weather and plenty of non-stop flights.
"I would definitely spend a few dollars more buying non-stop flights," says Tom Parsons at BestFares.com. "If you're going through a connecting city you could have a double-whammy of a late flight out of Houston, then boom you have another late flight."
Parsons suggests booking an early morning flight to be safe.
"As the day goes on, it becomes a domino," he says. "If one plane ends up taking off an hour late, then it gets to its next destination and it’s trying to play catch up, and it could be up to two or three hours by the end of the day."
Parsons also says Tuesday and Thursday are the lightest travel days, and when airlines offer the best deals.