Fuel contamination has halted all aircraft refueling at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport and aircraft that refueled at the airport have been grounded.

The contamination was discovered today at around midday local time.

Airport manager Shmuel Kendel ordered an immediate stop to refueling when the company supplying fuel detected the contamination.

Airlines were instructed to refuel at Larnaca in Cyprus or other nearby airports.

All domestic flights and some international flights that were refueled at Ben Gurion before the problem was detected have been grounded.

The Israeli Airport Authority said that tests are being carried out in order to find the source of the fuel contamination.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news