FAA: Ban on all American flights headed to Israel extended
UPDATE: The original decision was only supposed to last 24 hours.
However, the FAA decided to extend the ban on flights for another 24 hours on Wednesday.
(CNN) – If you were planning to go to Israel any time soon, you may need to make other plans.
Several U.S. airlines suspended flights to Israel on Tuesday because of safety concerns.
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines both announced that they were suspending service to Ben Gurion Airport, which is located near Tel Aviv.
A short while later, US Airways made the same decision.
On Tuesday morning, Delta Flight 468, which left JFK International Airport, diverted to Paris instead of heading to Tel Aviv as scheduled.
Authorities say they were forced to divert the flight because of reports of rockets and other debris in the air around Tel Aviv.
The Israel Airport Authority said the airport was safe.
“There is no reason that American carriers should stop flying to Israel and thus give a prize to terror,” he said.
A short time later, the FAA issued a notice to all U.S. airlines that they are “prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.”
The notice claims a rocket strike landed one mile from the airport on Tuesday morning.
The FAA’s statement only applies to American flights and has no bearing over international flights.