It appears that U.S. airlines are taking extra precaution in Israel after last week’s attack on Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The FAA has followed up on this decision by suspending flights to Ben Gurion International Airport for 24-hours.
It is being reported that a rocket landed less than one mile away from the airport on Tuesday morning.
The FAA issues a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) at 12:15pm. According to the agency, they “Will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.”
Tuesday morning, American Airlines/US Airways, United, and Delta announced that they were suspending service to Israel after there was a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. The attacks come after weeks of conflict between Israel and Hamas. Rocket attacks have been a frequent occurrence, but with the rockets getting closer, these companies are not taking any chances.
Delta diverted a flight out of JFK with 273 passengers and 17 crew onboard to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Tuesday after reports of the rocket launch.
It was not said whether last week’s shooting down of Malaysia Air flight 17 had anything to do with the decision, but surely it must be in the back of their minds to make a decision to prevent any possible catastrophe that could occur with rocket fire near the airport.