FAA suspends U.S. airlines flights to Israel

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The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours.

All three U.S. carriers with nonstop flights to Israel — United, U.S. Airways and Delta Airlines — canceled their flights to Tel Aviv July 22.

El Al, which is not bound by the FAA order, said it planned to maintain its normal schedule of up to five daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv from the United States.

The FAA order came after a rocket fired from Gaza struck and destroyed a home in Yehud, an Israeli town about a mile from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.

A slew of other airlines also canceled their flights to Tel Aviv, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, Austria Airlines, Germanwings, Korean Air and Swissair, according to Israeli media reports.

Delta diverted a flight en route to Tel Aviv from New York’s Kennedy Airport on July 22. Flight 268, carrying 273 passengers and 17 crew members, instead was sent to Paris. — jta