Sign of the Times: U.S., Europe Halt All Flights to Israel as War Rages

by | Jul 23, 2014 | Israel & Jewish Roots

U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines on Tuesday halted flights to Israel under directions from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure passenger safety, as turmoil in the region has intensified.

The U.S. moves were swiftly followed by flight stoppages from European carriers, including Germany’s Lufthansa, Air-France and Dutch airline KLM. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier, said it halted its flights through Wednesday, citing the situation on the ground in Tel Aviv.

Norwegian Air, Europe’s third-largest budget airline, is also suspending flights to Tel Aviv until further notice, a company spokeswoman told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

Scandinavian Airlines was suspending a flight from Copenhagen later on Tuesday, and another one from Stockholm scheduled for Wednesday. The airline will decide early on Wednesday whether to cancel more flights, a company spokeswoman told NTB.

The FAA said it told the U.S. carriers that they were prohibited from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv for up to 24 hours. Ben Gurion shares space and facilities with Israel’s Lod Air Force Base. In a statement, the FAA said its notice, which applies only to U.S.-based airlines, was issued in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport on Tuesday.

“The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike,” the agency said in a statement. It also said updated instructions would be provided.

The text of the FAA notice cites “the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza” in prohibiting the flights by U.S. carriers.

Delta and United said in separate statements that they have suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv “until further notice.” Casey Norton, a spokesman for American Airlines, also said both an inbound and outbound flight operated by its US Airways unit between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv were canceled. The flight stoppages came after Hamas, the militant group that dominates in the Gaza Strip, and its allies fired more rockets into Israel. One hit a town on the fringes of Ben-Gurion International Airport, lightly injuring two people, officials said.

Many of the airlines said customers affected by the halts could change their travel plans without penalty.

The non-U.S. airlines said their stoppages reflected safety concerns in the absence of specific directives.

“This decision was taken because of the precedence that the safety of passengers and crew takes at all airlines, even though there are currently no additional travel warnings from the relevant authorities,” Lufthansa, which normally flies to Tel Aviv seven to 10 times weekly, said in a statement.

Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Transportation Minister, called on airlines to return to their normal routes. “Ben Gurion is safe for takeoffs and landings and there are no security concerns for aircraft and passengers,” he said in a statement. “There is no need for U.S. carriers to suspend flights and reward terrorism.”

British Airways, which flies to Tel Aviv twice daily, said its flights continue to operate as normal.

Israel launched an offensive earlier in July to halt missile salvoes out of Gaza by Hamas, which was angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the occupied West Bank as well as economic hardship due to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.


Reporting by Karen Jacobs in Atlanta, Steven Scheer in Tel Aviv, Victoria Bryan in Berlin, Thomas Escritt in Amsterdam, Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt and John Irish in Paris; editing by G Crosse

© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Beware of Satan’s Deceitful Imitations

Beware of Satan’s Deceitful Imitations

During the week as I drive to my office, I almost always turn on the local radio station and listen to the news. On a recent morning, one of the main stories being covered was about a well-known musical artist who was suing a lesser-known artist for imitating them on...

It’s Time to Drain the False Prophetic Swamp

It’s Time to Drain the False Prophetic Swamp

I believe there  are many more false prophets than true ones in America. I applaud Mario Murillo, who came out and exposed the wokeness of Christianity today. The "prophetic" swamp must be drained. The degree of goofiness and tomfoolery in the false prophetic camp is...

Do You Follow God Out of Fear?

Do You Follow God Out of Fear?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTiiiTUQYKM&t=24s People are either saved by experiencing His goodness (Romans 2:4) or by the fear of being cast into hell (Jude 23). Jesus told us He is the only way of salvation and sadly, many people say they don’t believe Him....

Outspoken Christian Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

Outspoken Christian Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

Cindy Williams, the hit actress known for playing Shirley Feeney on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died according to a statement released from her family. After battling a short illness Williams died at the age of 75. Williams was outspoken about her...

Cindy Jacobs: ‘God is Awakening and He’s Bringing Revival’

Cindy Jacobs: ‘God is Awakening and He’s Bringing Revival’

There is little doubt that Christian persecution is accelerating throughout the globe. People throughout the world are dying every day for the gospel of Christ, while others must endure great hardship because of their faith. Many Christians leaders have drawn a...

Prophecy: Get Caught Up in the Coming Revival Wave

Prophecy: Get Caught Up in the Coming Revival Wave

The Australian Prophetic Council met in early January to discuss, prophesy and weigh the word of the Lord for 2023. While not all individual words are captured here, there are key themes and major points that were established out of the mouth of many witnesses. Our...

RECENT ARTICLES

Franklin Graham Issues Stern Warning: ‘Judgment is Coming’

Evangelist Franklin Graham delivered powerful remarks before Friday's 50th annual March For Life event, warning "judgment is coming" and urging Christians to "lift up" Jesus' name to reach a lost...
Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Avid Chick-fil-A fans were recently served up yet another reason to love the iconic fast-food brand, as former CEO Dan Cathy spoke in-depth about the company's quest to "glorify God." Cathy, now chair of the board after his son Andrew Truett Cathy became CEO in 2021,...

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

We’re in the height of sports competition time around the world, aren’t we? In the United States we are getting all ramped up towards the Super Bowl. And then in the basketball world, it’s March Madness. Then somewhere along the way, it’s The Master’s golf tournament,...

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the second of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

As we have already entered into 2023, here are some prophetic thoughts about this year. This year has clearly been marked by the Lord as a time to prosper, to take back land and to see His glory. As we fully embrace a kingdom mindset, we will see these things take...

Pin It on Pinterest