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Updated 12:10 pm EDT: United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) has suspended all operations to and from Tel Aviv until further notice, International Business Times has learned. "We are working with government officials to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees and will continue to evaluate the situation," spokesperson Jennifer Dohm said in an e-mail statement.
The airline canceled two of its flights bound for Tel Aviv from Newark on Tuesday. Flight tracking web site FlightAware.com shows that UA Flight 84 and UA Flight 90 have both been canceled.
The White House says that the F.A.A. has not issued any specific notices about flights over Mideast airpace, but individual carriers can make their own decisions, Reuters reports.
Updated 11:57 am EDT: US Airways also canceled a flight to Israel Tuesday, USA Today reports. Flight 796, which left Los Angeles Tuesday morning, stopped in Philadelphia. It was bound for Tel Aviv on Tuesday night but was canceled by the airline. The airline has not yet confirmed whether all service to Israel has been suspended.
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Original story: Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has indefinitely suspended all flights to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport and its hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, International Business Times has confirmed.
In a statement Tuesday, the airline said that it is “doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees” and is in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The news comes after Delta diverted flight DL468, a Boeing 747 bound from JFK to Tel Aviv, to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Tuesday, because of reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv. The flight was carrying 273 passengers and 17 crew members.
Customers who currently hold tickets with flights to, from or through Tel Aviv can make a one-time change to their tickets without incurring a fee.