Fuelled by its new-found fear of flying close to anything that might accidentally launch airborne projectiles at passenger planes, yesterday the US' Federal Aviation Administration banned US airlines from flying to Ben Gurion International Airport for 'up to' 24 hours, after a house close to the airport was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip two days ago.
The FAA's European counterpart, the European Safety Agency, took a more cautious view, saying it 'strongly advises' European airlines not to fly to Ben Gurion.
Although the majority of airlines using the airport - including Easyjet, Lufthansa and KLM - have all cancelled their flights, a quick look at today's departure board shows the following European airlines are still operating out of the airport:
- British Airways (UK)
- Bluebird Airways (Greece)
- Iberia (Spain)
- Pegasus Airlines (Turkey)
- Air Europa (Spain)
- Aegean (Greece)
Easyjet said it will 'do all we can to look after our passengers. We will try to provide suitable and secure hotel accommodation for affected passengers and will fly affected passengers home as soon as we can'.