FAA issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) Tuesday prohibiting US carriers from flying to or from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport following a rocket strike Tuesday morning that landed about a mile from the Israeli airport.
The NOTAM is in effect for up to 24 hours and applies only to US operators. It warns of a potentially hazardous in the area created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza.
“FAA immediately notified US carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM.
“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,” FAA said in a statement.
Delta Air Lines announced earlier that it had suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion and its New York JFK hub after it diverted a Boeing 747 following reports of a rocket near Tel Aviv airport.
Delta has released a statement saying that Delta Flight 468, a 747 from JFK with 273 passengers and 17 crew, diverted to Paris Charles de Gaulle Tuesday after reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv.
“Delta is working to re-accommodate these customers,” the statement said. “In coordination with the FAA, Delta is doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees. Delta continues to work closely with US and other government resources to monitor the situation.”
The US State Department issued a travel warning on its website Monday advising of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities.
“Long-range rockets launched from Gaza since July 8, 2014 have reached many locations in Israel—including Tel Aviv, cities farther north, and throughout the south of the country,” the statement says. “Ben Gurion Airport is currently open and commercial flights are operating normally, although delays and cancellations can occur. Travelers should check with their airline prior to their planned travel to verify the flight schedule.”