FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions To Israel

After a two-day ban on U.S. airline flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Federal Aviation Administration has lifted the restriction.

The restrictions, which were put in place Tuesday morning after reports of a rocket impact near Ben Gurion — and then extended on Wednesday morning, were officially lifted shortly before midnight ET last night.

This is good news for the Americans who had been stranded in Tel Aviv during the ban. How quickly these travelers can get moving again will depend on their airlines’ ability to get planes to the airport. Since the ban only impacted U.S.-based airlines, some people were already able to book travel on other carriers.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” reads a statement from the FAA, which says it will “continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.”

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