LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for 24 hours after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s airport.
The FAA issued the notice to airmen (NOTAM) at 9:15 a.m. after the rocket struck just one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport.
“The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM,” the statement read. “The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit.”
Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely.
Delta Air Lines’ one daily flight was already in the air. Delta said a Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
Only one U.S. flight was affected from the Los Angeles International Airport. American Airlines/U.S. Airways flight 796 departed for Philadelphia at 11 a.m. but the connecting flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Tel Aviv was cancelled.
El Al Israel Airlines has one flight scheduled to depart from LAX at 1:15 p.m. It was unclear whether that flight will be cancelled as the FAA’s NOTAM only applies to U.S. operators.
KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports Abraham Eisenbach was on the phone with customer service for more than an hour trying to get his family friend a flight to Israel after his flight was canceled.