FAA Bans U.S. Flights to Israel Amid Fighting

  • Jul 22, 2014 10:53am GMT

The FAA has banned all U.S. carriers from operating flights into Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv for a period of up to 24 hours, due to a rocket landing less than a mile from the airport.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines had already canceled flights to Israel indefinitely due to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, with one Delta flight from JFK being forced to divert to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile" from the airport on Tuesday morning, the FAA said.

Prior to the notice being issued by the FAA, the Israeli Airport Authority urged American carriers to resume service to Ben Gurion saying, "There is no reason that American carriers should stop flying to Israel and thus give a prize to terror."

Several European carriers, including the Lufthansa Group, have also canceled flights into Israel.

The notice from the FAA reaffirms the State Department's guidance warning all Americans to avoid travel to the Gaza Strip.

The State Department has yet to issue a warning against traveling to Israel, but says that Americans in the area should familiarize themselves with the locations of the nearest bomb shelters and be ever ready for an attack from Gaza.