WASHINGTON: Two major U.S. civil aviation giants, Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways announced Tuesday that they have canceled flights to Israel due to safety and security concerns.
According to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking service, Delta, which typically flies between New York’s JFK Airport and Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, has decided to suspend its service indefinitely.
Delta Flight 468, a Boeing 747 with 273 passengers and 17 crew members, diverted to Paris on Tuesday after reports of a rocket near Tel Aviv, the airline said on the website.
U.S. Airways also canceled a flight to Israel Tuesday. Flight 796, which began in Los Angeles, was canceled in Philadelphia before leaving for Tel Aviv.
United Airlines canceled flights 84 and 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv, according to FlightAware.com.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other government agencies are now working to monitor the situation and so far there is no time schedule for resuming the flights.
The U.S. State Department has been warning people to defer nonessential travel to Israel since Feb.3 due to safety reasons in Gaza.
Long-range rockets launched from Gaza since early this month have reached many locations in Israel, resulting impacts that have caused unsafety of aviation there. PNA