Airlines resume Tel Aviv service
Frankfurt, July 26, 2014
German airlines Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they will resume flights to Israel on Saturday, lifting a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets being fired from the Gaza strip could pose a threat to aircraft.
"On the basis of the most up-to-date information we have available and our own assessment of the local security situation, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will resume their flights from and to Ben Gurion International Airport," the airline said on Friday.
Lufthansa Group also operates Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.
In a separate statement on Friday, rival German airline Air Berlin said that they would resume flights to and from Israel from midday July 26 onward.
Meanwhile, Air France said on Friday it would resume flights to Tel Aviv later in the day.
Earlier this week the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted a ban on flights by U.S. airlines to Ben Gurion, Israel's main hub.
Israel had criticized the FAA decision, saying the airport was safe.
The FAA had imposed the ban in response to a Palestinian rocket that struck a building 2 km (1 mile) from the airport. Israel said the damage was debris from a mid-air rocket interception by its Iron Dome missile defence system.
Palestinian militants have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel's heartland during two weeks of conflict, but Israeli authorities have emphasised the success of the Iron Dome in protecting Ben Gurion Airport, as well as a precautionary narrowing of air corridors. – Reuters