Delta, Lufthansa extend flight ban
The FAA isn't due to weigh in until around 7:00 tonight Israel time, but Delta and Lufthansa have already decided to extend the ban on flights to Israel
Germany's Lufthansa on Wednesday suspended flights to and from Tel
Aviv for an additional 24 hours. The decision also applies to
Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines.
the present time no adequate authoritative new information is available
that would justify a resumption of flights. In close coordination with
the responsible authorities Lufthansa is continually evaluating the
safety situation for its total flight network," the company said.
On Tuesday, it suspended flights for 36 hours following a decision by
America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to suspend travel to
and from Israel. A rocket had fallen in a house in Yehud, a residential
area near the airport, earlier in the day.
Delta Air Lines will
also extend its suspension of flights to Israel on Wednesday amid
hostilities between Israel and the militant group Hamas, its chief
executive said on CNBC.
"Today ... we are not flying to Israel," Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in an interview with CNBC.
comments come a day after air carriers in the United States and Europe
halted flights to Tel Aviv as turmoil in Israel and the Gaza Strip
The FAA on Tuesday
said it told US carriers they were prohibited from flying to or from
Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for up to 24 hours, citing "the
potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel
At least Delta is consistent.
"We will not allow a flight to be dispatched over Iran, Iraq, Syria,
Ukraine, Afghanistan or North Korea," he told CNBC. "We make this
decision wholly independent of any geopolitical or regulatory mandate."
But it really is safe to fly here.
Labels: Ben Gurion Airport, Delta Airlines, Hamas rockets, Operation Protective Edge