FAA Revokes Ban On US Flights To And From Israel's Largest Airport

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Passengers and airline staff stand near a check-in desk of an airline that cancelled its flight out of Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion International airport July 22, 2014. reuters/Siegfried Modola

The United States Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, on Wednesday, announced it is lifting its earlier restrictions on U.S. fights to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion airport.

In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the FAA stated that “before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel,” adding that it will “continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.”

The FAA decision came nearly 36 hours after the agency first banned U.S. airlines from travelling to and from the airport after a rocket, fired by Hamas, landed about a mile away.

The cancellation of the prohibition came into effect from 11.45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. 

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