3 US airlines suspend flights to Israel

By: ABC News
By: ABC News

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Several American air carriers have suspended flights from the United Stated to Israel starting today following a report that a rocket had struck near Tel Aviv's main airport this morning.

Delta Air Lines Flight 468, which was flying over the Mediterranean at the time, was en route from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv when a rocket fired from Gaza hit Yahood, a Tel Aviv suburb close to the airport.

The rocket escaped interception by the Iron Dome, which Israel has used to intercept missiles launched by Hamas.

The flight was diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

A statement from Delta said flights were suspended between the two hubs until further notice.

"Delta, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, is doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees," the statement read.

United also suspended flights from Newark to Tel Aviv, saying, "We are suspending operations to/from Tel Aviv until further notice. We are working with government officials to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees and will continue to evaluate the situation."

In addition, U.S Airways has suspended today's flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv.

On Monday, the State Department updated it's warning for Americans traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities. The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

Passengers have also been jittery about travel safety since last Thursday, when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine by a missile, killing all 298 people.

Delta and other airlines had already issued a travel waiver for customers holding tickets to Tel Aviv.

The waiver is good through July 31 and allows customers to make a one-time change to their ticket. United has a similar policy.


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