US, European Airlines Cancel Flights To Israel After Rocket Hits Near Airport


ben-gurion-airportSeveral North American and European airlines have cancelled their flights in and out of Israel’s Ben-GurionĀ  International Airport, after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the airport today.

Shortly after Delta Air Lines , American Airlines Group and United Airlines cancelled their flights, the American FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) issued a notice prohibiting all US airlines of flying in or out of Ben-Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.

“The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to US airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force,” the FAA said in a statement.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines suspended service between the US and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its one flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday.

The European Air Safety Agency has issued a “strong recommendation” to avoid Ben Gurion Airport until further notice.

El Al, however, said it will continue operating as usual.

“El Al, as always, will continue regular flights from and to Israel. El Al will happily aid American companies, while still giving clear priority to passengers who purchased El Al tickets in advance,” the company said in a statement. Read more here.

{ Israel News Bureau}