Airlines in US, Europe suspend flights to Israel
In the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Gaza, many of the world's leading airlines have suspended flights to Israel's main airport after a rocket fired from Gaza landed a mile from its runways.
According to CNN, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered U.S. airlines to stop flying to or from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport for at least 24 hours, and the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a warning to its airlines to stop its flights.
The move comes amid the recent shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian separatists as it flew over Ukraine.
The FAA ordered Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines to suspend their flights to Tel Aviv.
The FAA said that the notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile" from the airport Tuesday morning.
The report further said that the FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and that updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours" from when the suspension was ordered.
(Posted on 23-07-2014)