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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has lifted a ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
The ban, which was criticised by the Israeli government, was put in place after Delta had to divert one of its flights to Paris because of rocket fire that landed just 1.6 km from the airport.
"The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by canceling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today,” the agency said.
"The FAA's primary mission and interest are the protection of people travelling on US airlines," the FAA said.
"The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary."
However, some European airlines have continued there suspension of flights to Tel Aviv. Lufthansa has confirmed that it will continue its suspension for a further 24 hours. This also applies to its subsidiaries - Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines.
Air France issues a statement that it was suspending flights "until further notice".
Easyjet has extended the suspension of its services into Thursday, confirming it would not operate flights from airports including Luton, Gatwick and Manchester.
British Airways, however, has said it will continue scheduled flights into the region with no current plans to suspend service.
There has been no further notice from the European safety regulator EASA, which yesterday stopped short of a ban but "strongly recommended" against flying to Israel.
The halting of flights to Israel comes shortly after airlines re-think flights paths over conflict areas in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash.