The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned US carriers from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International airport for at least 24h, following a rocket strike near the airport.
The regulator cites a rocket strike roughly 1.6km (one mile) from the airport for the move, it says in a notice to airmen (NOTAM) today. It will notify US airlines within 24h regarding the status of the ban.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have suspended their flights to Tel Aviv indefinitely, and American Airlines cancelled its flight today and says it is “monitoring the situation”.
American’s subsidiary US Airways serves Tel Aviv from Philadelphia International, Delta from New York JFK International and United from Newark Liberty International.
The NOTAM does not cover foreign carriers serving Tel Aviv, nor flights to the USA from Tel Aviv operated by Israel’s El Al.
The FAA’s move comes just five days after a rocket is believed to have brought down a Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew lost their lives.