NEWARK - Some passengers trying for the past two days to travel to Israel from Newark Liberty International Airport were finally able to lift off today.
The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv late Wednesday. The ban was imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
The 24-hour prohibition was issued Tuesday and extended Wednesday on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport.
Many other passengers in Newark remained grounded, as they were bumped from other flights and delayed. They told News 12 New Jersey that suspending flights any further would be a win for Hamas.
United is the first U.S. carrier to resume flights. Two other carriers that fly to Israel, Delta and American, are still evaluating their plans.