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Breaking: Airlines Cancel Israel Flights 'Until Further Notice'

July 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

Update: 12:30pm EST, July 23: Although yesterday's FAA ban on flights to Israel was originally only for 24 hours, it has been extended to last another 24 at the least. This only applies to US airlines, so flights to Israel on El Al out of JFK are still operating normally.

Update: 1pm EST: FAA has issued a notice (NOTAM) prohibiting US airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Int’l Airport for up to 24 hours.

Update: 12pm EST: US Airways, United and American Airlines now join Delta in temporarily suspending Tel Aviv flights.

At approximately 11am EST today, Delta updated their Israel travel adivsory from a warning that flights may be disrupted, to the fact that their flights from New York-JFK to Tel Aviv will not be operating at all "until further notice."

The stoppage is a temporary hiatus necessitated by escalating violence in Israel; the final straw comes with the report of a rocket attack in the vicinity of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. Naturally the danger calls to mind last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, caused by a ground-to-air missile. While airlines continue to divert their flight paths clear of Ukrainian air space, there are other war zones to consider.

If you're holding a ticket on Delta (or one of their SkyTeam partners as a codeshare, operating on Delta) for their Tel Aviv route, the airline is offering a free one-time change or cancellation. Please see their Israel advisory for further details and updates.

If you're holding a ticket on any major international airline, it would be wise to monitor the status and stay tuned to your airline's website for potential travel warning updates or similar cancellations.

For example, United has canceled tonight's flights from Newark to Tel Aviv:

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