FAA lifts Israel travel ban

July 24, 2014 |

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban it placed on U.S. flights heading in and out of Tel Aviv on July 23. CNN reported that the ban lasted for nearly 36 hours and affected Ben Gurion International Airport. It was originally slated to go for an additional 24 hours, but the government agency reversed its decision.

According to the source, the ban was put in place after a Hamas rocket landed close to the airport on July 22. Other international airlines also followed way of the FAA and cancelled flights in and out of the Israeli airport.

United Airlines has been the only U.S. carrier to resume flights to the region while airlines such as Delta and US Airways have not announced if they will do the same.

The FAA reportedly worked to assess the security situation in Israel. It reviewed new information and measures being taken by the Israeli government that will lower risks for travelers.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the FAA’s decision to ban flights in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport calling it a “mistake,” CNN reported.

“We certainly don’t want to stop flights into airports in America,” he told the source. “It would be devastating for America. It’s devastating for Israel when you stop flights.”

According to CNN, the FAA will continue to watch the situation around the airport and, if necessary, will take further action in protecting U.S. air traffic to the region.

Professionals who were heading to the Middle East on business travel may have been inconvenienced by the ban.