US aviation authority lifts ban on flights to Israel

America's aviation authority has lifted a ban on US flights to Israel, which was imposed due to concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

hidden July 24, 2014 10:41:56 IST
US aviation authority lifts ban on flights to Israel

Washington: America's aviation authority has lifted a ban on US flights to Israel, which was imposed due to concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

US aviation authority lifts ban on flights to Israel

The US had earlier banned planes from travelling to Israel temporarily. AP

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had banned US airlines from travelling to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a rocket landed about a mile away from Israel's largest airport.

"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," FAA said in a late night statement.

The FAA's primary mission and interest are the protection of people travelling on US airlines.

The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary, it said.

FAA initially instituted the flight prohibition on 22 July, in response to a rocket strike that landed approximately one mile from the airport.

It was initially for 24 hours and then extended by another 24 hours.

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