FAA Allows U.S. Flights to Resume to Israel, Will ‘Continue to Closely Monitor the Very Fluid Situation’

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its restriction barring U.S. airline flights from entering and leaving Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport late Wednesday night.

The cancellation went into effect at 11:45 p.m. ET.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a press release.

A woman stands in the American Airlines/US Airways Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport July 22, 2014 in New York City. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  halted all flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv, Israel following a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

“The FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection of people traveling on U.S. airlines. The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary,” the statement added.

The restrictions were initially implemented Tuesday after a rocket attack landed about one mile from the airport.

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