It seems that things have reached a boiling point in Israel. So much so, in fact, that airlines in the United States have suspended all flights to Israel. This includes United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said that these flights are going to be cancelled until further notice. According to Delta Air Lines, flights were cancelled right after the landing of a rocket close to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
On July 22, Delta Air Lines said that one of its Boeing 747s was flying from New York to Te Aviv. However, the flight never reached Tel Aviv because it changed course and landed in Paris. The flight had 17 crew and 273 passengers on board at the time. Delta said that it is doing everything that it can to ensure the security and safety of all of its employees and customers.
Passengers who were on the Delta flight were simply told that the flight had to be cancelled. They were not given any other kind of explanation as to why. The next thing they knew, they were landing in Paris instead of Tel Aviv. It was not until they saw reports on the news hours later that they knew what happened.
After the reports of the rocket landing near Tel Aviv, other airlines quickly started to pull their flights as well. US Airways was the next airline to cancel flights. This really put a hurting on the carrier because it flies one service to Israel daily. The airline says that it is continuing to monitor the circumstances closely. US Airways was not the only airline that operates daily flights to Israel. United Airlines said that it runs two flights every day to Israel. Both of these flights have been cancelled until further notice.
A statement that was released by the U.S. FAA said that it is aware of a rocket attack that hit close to an airport in Israel. As a result of the attack, it prohibits airlines from flying to Israel for the next 24 hours. The administration does not believe that the rocket attack was aimed at the airport because it landed about 1 mile away. Although this ban is only for 24 hours, it may be extended in the future.
Despite the 24-hour ban, many airlines still refuse to fly to the county for the time being. Until the airlines receive word that it is safe to fly to Israel again, many will continue to cancel flights there.