FAA lifts ban on flights to & from Israel

Simon Schwartz


On Wednesday evening – July 23 – the Federal Aviation Administration lifted the restrictions it had placed on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The announcement was effected as of 11:45 PM EDT.

Technically that means U.S. airlines could resume their flights to and from Israel on Thursday, but each airline is now free to make the decision to fly on their own.

Given that the travel advisory Delta posted regarding the unrest in Israel says flights to Ben Gurion International Airport are suspended “until further notice” and both United and US Airways have travel advisories offering a wide window for no-fee changes, it’s possible that one or more of these airlines, as well as many of the international airlines that have announced suspension of service to Israel, will choose to delay resuming flights.

Should they?