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article imageSpanish airline Iberia cancels flights to Tel Aviv for security

By Anne Sewell     Jul 23, 2014 in World
Madrid - Spain's Iberia has joined other airlines worldwide, suspending flights into Tel Aviv, Israel as the security situation worsens in the region. Vueling, another Spanish airline is also not flying to Tel Aviv.
Following similar action taken by US Airways and United Airlines, Spain's main air carrier Iberia canceled the normal Tuesday night flight to Israel. Airlines in the country will be watching events in the region before thinking of restarting flights to the area.
Vueling suspended flights departing from and for arrival at Barcelona-El Prat airport and one Europe Air incoming flight from Tel Aviv was canceled. Air France's incoming flight from Israel, which was bound for Palma de Mallorca, was also canceled.
US aviation authorities have barred their airlines from flying either to or from Israel for at least 24 hours, possibly longer. Other airlines, including Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin, together with French and Swiss airlines have also suspended flights.
The notice from the FAA read: "The FAA will continue to monitor and assess the situation. New instructions will be provided to US airlines once conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours after the notice went into effect."
The recommendation was made to Spain by Europe's Aviation Safety Agency after a rocket fired from Gaza landed around 17 kms (10.5 miles) away from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. A report from the safety agency to the news agency AFP said it would issue a "strong recommendation to avoid until further notice Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport."
The only airports handling flights to and from Tel Aviv in Israel are Barcelona-El Prat, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas and Palma de Mallorca.
Spanish Sources:
Publico
El Diario
The Local
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