BRONX, NEW YORK | The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban for U.S. Airlines flying into Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport Wednesday afternoon.
FAA release statement early Wednesday afternoon on the extended ban into Israel
“The agency is working closely with the government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible”
FAA statement reads.
Although the FAA prohibits U.S Airlines from flying into the hostile country, many U.S. air carries has already suspend flights into the country busiest airport Ben Gurion until feather notices. United cancel its flight from Newark and US Airways flight from Philadelphia was cancel Wednesday morning. Delta cancel all its operation until feature notice from since Delta 468 yesterday carrying 273 passengers and 17 crew members on board from New York-JFK International Airport was over Greece once the pilot decided to turn the aircraft around and instead land in France at its SkyTeam partner Air France Hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
Air France suspended flights into Israel and release a statement on its operation into Israel
“We have decided to suspend our flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice,” Air France said in a statement. “Your safety and the safety of our crew remain our top priority.”
Air France offered passengers holding tickets from July 22 to August 15 either a refund or a chance to change travel to after August 31.
Other European carries Air Berlin, and Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Swiss Air Lines and Brussels Airlines, which are all apart of the Lufthansa Group has also cancel flights into Israel. European Aviation Safety Agency strongly recommends airlines refrain from flying there’ – there(meaning Ben Gurion Airport in Israel).
Israeli carries EL AL Israel Airlines and Israel Air has all continued to operate in and out of Israel as well as other international carries such as American Airlines OneWorld partner British Airways, and Delta Air Lines SkyTeam partner also Aeroflot Airlines still maintain operation at the airport as they say to provided transport for passengers left out buy other airlines.
FAA suspended all U.S. Airlines from operating into Israel yesterday following bomb treats and A rocket that was intercepted near Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. A CNN corespondent was reporting at the time from the Airport; Shubert said she saw the rocket being intercepted. Many sees this as a win for Hamas.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said U.S. officials continue to discuss the security situation with Israel.
“We’re continuing to monitor the situation in Israel and other parts of the world. Safety is the very first priority for DOT, for FAA,”
“Our work within our own government and the conversations that occur between governments continue. As the situation continues to evolve, we will adjust our guidance accordingly. But for the time being, it is what it is.”
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