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Lufthansa, Air France join US airlines in suspending flights to Tel Aviv

Published on Jul 23, 2014 1:56 AM

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG said on Tuesday it would suspend flights to Tel Aviv for 36 hours, citing security concerns. Moments later, Air France followed suit, joining a host of airlines that stopped service to Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv's international Ben Gurion airport.

Lufthansa said the suspension would also affect its Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss divisions

The French carrier said it was suspending service "until further notice" Other airlines to stop service include Germany's

Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety.

People walk in the American Airlines/US Airways Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on July 22, 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has halted all flights from the US to Tel Aviv, Israel following a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport. -- PHOTO: AFP
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