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FAA lifts Ben Gurion ban; space is tight on El Al flights from Canada

TORONTO — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

The FAA said in a statement issued late last night that it would continue “to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary”.

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Air Canada’s flight into Tel Aviv was cancelled Wednesday for the second straight day.

El Al meanwhile has maintained steady service to Tel Aviv, operating its regular summer schedule four times a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday) from Toronto.

As Israel’s national carrier, “we keep flying no matter what,” said El Al’s General Manager, Dinah Kutner. Space has been tight on El Al’s flights, she added. “I’m not saying we haven’t had cancellations, but we still have healthy loads. People have been calling looking for seats and they’re surprised to find out we don’t have much space.”

The carrier is trying to accommodate all requests, she said. El Al is waiving change fees for passengers who want to re-book by July 25, for travel within six months.