Israel’s Channel 2 evening news announced moments ago that the US Federal Aviation Association has decided to halt all flights to Israel for a 24 hour period. This is expected to go into effect in the coming hour, by 20:30 Israel time.
The announcement follows the announced cessation of service to Tel Aviv by major carriers, including Delta, USAirways and United.
A rocket landing in Yahud on Tuesday, near Ben-Gurion International Airport, appears to have precipitated this most unwanted situation which will undoubtedly leave many travelers stranded. Anyone with tickets is urged to contact his/her travel agent or airline for clarification.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is quoted saying “There is no reason why the US should cancel flights, thereby handing a prize to terrorists”.
TEL AVIV FLIGHTS CANCELED
All U.S. airlines
– Air France
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)