FAA Temporarily Bars U.S. Carriers From Flying to Tel Aviv

Israeli rescue and military personnel work through wreckage of a home in the town of Yehud, near the Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday. European Pressphoto Agency

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S carriers from flying to Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours after a rocket attack near Ben Gurion airport.

Earlier Tuesday Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc said they were canceling flights to Israel until further notice after reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

United said Tuesday that is suspending its two daily Tel Aviv flights until further notice. The airline said one of its planes left Tel Aviv with passengers earlier Tuesday and the second is still on the ground there. United is working on plans to remove the second Boeing 777.

United said it reached its decision after the FAA communicated to airlines earlier in the day. It is expected the agency will shortly put out a notice to airmen, warning carriers of insecure conditions in and around the Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israel said the reactions were unnecessary…