Airlines resume flights to Israel

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted a ban to flights to Israel Wednesday while European aviation authorities lifted the same flight ban Thursday.

U.S. carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airways were cleared to resume flights starting at 11:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, FAA said.

The agency said it was satisfied with the security precaution set by Israel for the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said it was entirely safe to fly to Israel.

The FAA’s flight ban to the airport lasted 36 hours. It ordered a 24-hour flight ban Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza hit and damaged a home one mile away from the airport. It extended the ban early Wednesday.

The European Aviation Safety Agency also banned flights to Tel Aviv after FAA announced its ban on Tuesday.

FedEx, Air Canada, Alitalia, Iberia and EasyJet also resumed flights.

Air France-KLM said it is waiting for a go signal from the French aviation authority DGAC. Lufthansa extended its suspension of flights to Tel Aviv for another day.

British Airways and Israel airline El Al did not suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv as hundreds of rockets and missiles were fired by militants in Gaza into Israel.

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