British Airways Among The Few Airlines Still Flying to Israel

  @ismati.mangla@ibtimes.com on July 23 2014 11:28 AM
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Departure times and various cancellations are pictured on a departure board at Ben Gurion International airport in Tel Aviv July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

Major airlines from around the world suspended their flights to Israel Tuesday, after a missile landed just one mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday prohibited American air carriers from flying into the country for 24 hours, while the European Aviation Safety Authority cautioned “airspace users to refrain from operating to and from” the Tel Aviv airport. The FAA extended its ban on Wednesday for an additional 24 hours. 

The country’s own airlines -- El Al, Arkia and Israir -- are continuing normal operations. But a few foreign airlines are still braving the Israeli skies.

British Airways is continuing its twice-daily service from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv, though the airline is “monitoring the situation closely,” according to a spokesperson.

Other airlines still operating service to Tel Aviv include Ukrainian International and Belavia.

Ben Gurion Airport expects 209 flights on Wednesday, the Israeli Tourism Ministry said in a statement. The transportation minister urged other airlines to resume service to the country: “There is no need for U.S. carriers to suspend flights and reward terrorism.” 

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