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Thursday, July 24, 2014

FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel

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Dan Balilty/AP A departure flight board displays canceled and delayed flights at Ben Gurion International Airport a day after the FAA imposed a ban on flights.
The Associated Press

Jul 24th 2014 6:00AM

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. Eastern time.

"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said. "The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions as necessary."

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