dinsdag 22 juli 2014

US, European airlines cancel flights to Israel after rocket hits near airport

Several North American and European airlines have cancelled their flights in and out of Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport, after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the airport Tuesday.

nited Airlines cancelled their flights, the American FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) issued a notice prohibiting all US airlines of flying in or out of Ben-Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.

"The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to US airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force," the FAA said in a statement.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines suspended service between the US and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its one flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday.

Casey Norton, a spokesman for US Airways' parent company American Airlines, said the airline is "in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely." The airline has not yet made a decision about flights to Israel scheduled for Wednesday and beyond, he said.

Canada's largest airline has also canceled a flight to Israel. Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the flight Tuesday evening was canceled and they will continue to evaluate future flights. Transport Canada spokeswoman Ashley Kelahear said decisions to cancel flights are made by the airlines themselves.

The North American airlines were soon joined by several European airlines.


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