Rocket attacks hamper flight operations at Ben Gurion

Interior of Ben Gurion Airport terminal, Tel Aviv
James Emery, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Flight operations have been suspended temporarily today at Ben Gurion Airport International Airport (TLV) following a rocket attack targeting Tel Aviv.

It is understood that the airport has seen a temporary closure due to the launch of two rockets which has injured three, according to Israeli authorities.

The ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict has seen sporadic disruptions to commercial traffic in and out of the major Tel Aviv airport.

In a recent incident, El Al Israel commercial flight LY544 had to discontinue an approach to the airport due to ongoing missile interceptions over the city.

The flight was subsequently able to land safely at 00:13 local time October 26 following a period of holding.


Ongoing traffic disruptions

In general, when there are rocket attacks in the area around Ben Gurion Airport, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) typically implement a security hold.

This means that all flights are grounded until the situation is deemed safe. This is a precautionary measure to protect passengers and aircraft from the risk of being hit by an inbound rocket.

How long a security hold lasts will depend on the severity of the rocket attacks. If the attacks are ongoing, the security hold may last for several hours.

However, if the attacks are limited or cease altogether, the security hold may be lifted more quickly.

Several commercial airline operators have now cancelled or suspended flight operations into Tel Aviv.


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