FAA lifts ban on Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

Posted Jul 24, 2014 by Stephen Pope
The Federal Aviation Administration has just lifted its two day ban on all U.S. owned airlines from flying to and Ben Gurion International airport. The cancellation was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT.
Ben Gurion Airport
Ben Gurion Airport
For the past day-and-a-half all U.S. air carriers were banned from flying into and out of Ben Gurion Airport over concerns that one or more of the rockets being fired by the foreign terrorist group Hamas, who is in control of much of the Gaza Strip, would down an airplane landing or taking off.
Early Wednesday the FAA said in a press release they would be working with the Israeli government to "determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible." Without saying what those risks are, apparently the regulatory agency feels the situation has changed enough to give the go ahead for flights to resume to and from the airport.
Shortly before midnight Wednesday the agency said in a press release, "The FAA worked with its U.S. 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.
It has not yet been determined how many of the foreign airlines will again resume flights into Tel Aviv. Over the past two days many foreign airlines such as Swiss Air, Air Canada, K.L.M. and Lufthansa have chosen not to fly to or from Tel Aviv. However, a review of Israeli Airport Authority's website does show that some of those foreign airlines who had stopped service over the past two days have now begun landing and departing from the airport.
Late Wednesday former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg flew from New York to Tel Aviv on an Israeli owned El Al flight in a show of solidarity with Israel and saying the ban "was a mistake" and Ben Gurion Airport is "the world's most secure airport."
It is not know how long it will take or when the major U.S. airlines plan on resuming flights to Israel.