FAA Bans All US Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

And several European airlines suspend flights after rocket report

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 22, 2014 10:25 AM CDT | Updated Jul 22, 2014 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Delta Air Lines and United Airlines this morning canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely, reports the AP, after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket had landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. US Airways later canceled flights just for today, but then the FAA came out and banned all US flights to and from Israel for a period of 24 hours beginning around noon Eastern. European carriers didn't waste much time in following suit, notes the AP: Lufthansa has now suspended all flights for 36 hours, while Air France has suspended them until further notice.

Delta's decision came so suddenly that a New York-to-Tel Aviv flight over the Mediterranean was diverted to Paris instead. "We are in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely," says a rep for US Air's parent company, American Airlines. Business Insider notes that the airport is located in the town of Lod, which has had several "red alerts" since the latest escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

A New York-bound Delta plane at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, after an emergency Sunday, July 13, 2014. Delta canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely today, citing reports of a rocket.
A New York-bound Delta plane at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, after an emergency Sunday, July 13, 2014. Delta canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely today, citing reports of a rocket.   (AP Photo/Michael Simon)
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