FAA Halts All U.S. Flights To Israel For 24 Hours Due To Missile Concerns


The FAA has just issued an order prohibiting U.S. air carriers from flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport for the next 24 hours.

The order, called a Notice to Airmen, indicates that “no pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by” the notice, with exceptions for military, medical, or other specifically approved craft.

In a statement, the FAA said they issued the notice, which applies to all U.S. based airlines, in response to a rocket strike that landed approximately one mile from the airport earlier today. The FAA says they will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide updated instructions to airlines within the next 24 hours.

Original Post: In the wake of the tragedy that befell Malaysian Airlines flight 17 last week over Ukraine, and amid escalating hostilities in the Middle East, multiple American airlines have now suspended flights into Israel.

The Associated Press reports that following earlier reports of a rocket landing near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, Delta has canceled all flights to Israel until further notice.

One such flight, Delta 468, was over the Mediterranean approaching Turkey when it made a dramatic turnaround and Delta rerouted it back to Paris, one flight-tracking site reported.

NBC News confirmed that US Airways has also cancelled flights today to Tel Aviv and American Airlines is meeting to discuss whether they should continue or cancel flights to Israel.

Update: The Chicago Tribune reports that United Airlines has also suspended travel to Israel.

Airlines cancel flights to Israel over missile fears [AP/CNBC]