FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Tel Aviv
The FAA has announced that U.S. airlines are clear to fly into and out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
Read more below from FoxNews.com:
In a statement, the FAA said that the Notice to Airmen restricting flights into Ben Gurion Airport officially expired at 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday. The agency had instituted the prohibition shortly after noon Eastern Time Tuesday in response to a report that a rocket fired by Hamas had landed less than a mile from the airport. The restriction was renewed earlier Wednesday.
"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," the agency said in its statement.
"The FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection of people traveling on U.S. airlines. The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary."
The initial restriction was criticized by Israel's Transport Ministry as an overreaction. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Tel Aviv from New York on board an El Al flight late Tuesday in an effort to prove that the airport was safe for air travel.