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Russian Airlines Resume Flights to Israel

Following FAA measure, Russian airlines begin to lift their own ban on flights to Ben-Gurion.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 7/24/2014, 11:38 AM

Aeroflot plane
Aeroflot plane
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Russia's second-largest airline Transaero said Thursday it was resuming flights to Israel, two days after suspending traffic along with other major airlines over security concerns.

"As of today, Transaero will operate all services between Russia and Israel according to schedule," the company said in statement.

Transaero turned around one of its flights to Tel Aviv in mid-air on Tuesday after European aviation authorities cautioned against flying to Ben
Gurion International Airport, following a Hamas rocket strike on a neighborhood to the north of the airport.

In the United States, the FAA on Thursday lifted its two-day ban on US airlines flying into or out of Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel's only international hub.

Israel had warned of the economic impact of the ban by many world airlines and said that it would be a win for Hamas, who hailed the suspension as a "great victory."

Russia's largest airline, Aeroflot, also said late Wednesday it was resuming flights to Israel.