The United States Federal Aviation Authority has just extended the ban on U.S. flights to Israel.
The ban is extended for another 24 hours, and the FAA statement says the Administration is “working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated” so the agency can determine when and whether to cancel the ban.
Meanwhile, several European airlines have resumed flights to Israel.
As the FAA noted, that agency has no control over any non-U.S. airlines. Several airlines, including, of course, El Al, did not cancel any flights.
The text of the NOTAM reads:
|FDC 4/4226 - SECURITY ISRAEL POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUSSITUATION –ISRAEL AIRSPACE
THIS NOTAM REPLACES NOTAM 4/3630 TO UPDATE EFFECTIVE TIME.
DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ARMED
CONFLICT IN ISRAEL AND GAZA, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS TO/FROM BEN GURION
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LLBG) BY U.S. OPERATORS ARE PROHIBITED FOR UP
TO 24 HOURS.
A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS OR
COMMERCIAL OPERATORS, ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN
AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING
U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER, AND ALL OPERATORS
OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES EXCEPT WHERE THE
OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER.
B. PERMITTED OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT PROHIBIT PERSONS
DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE
TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF ISRAEL WHEN SUCH OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED
EITHER BY ANOTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITH THE
END PART 1 OF 2. 23 JUL 16:15 2014 UNTIL 24 JUL 16:15 2014 ESTIMATED. CREATED:
23 JUL 16:12 2014
|FDC 4/4226 - SECURITYAPPROVAL OF THE FAA OR BY A DEVIATION, EXEMPTION, OR OTHERAUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR. OPERATORS SHOULD CALL THE
DOMESTIC EVENTS NETWORK (DEN) AT 202-493-5107 FOR AUTHORIZATION.
C. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE
DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN
COMMAND OF AN AIRCRAFT MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT
REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.
THIS NOTAM WILL BE UPDATED WITHIN 24 HOURS. OPERATORS SHOULD
CONTINUE TO MONITOR U.S. NOTAMS FOR CHANGES OR UPDATES.
END PART 2 OF 2. 23 JUL 16:15 2014 UNTIL 24 JUL 16:15 2014 ESTIMATED. CREATED:
23 JUL 16:12 2014
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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