Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not care very much at all for the FAA’s ban on U.S. flights flying to or from Tel-Aviv. Not very much at all.
That’s why the billionaire took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he would be taking a flight to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel-Aviv, courtesy of El Al Airlines, in protest.
This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel http://t.co/PidYBeCk9U— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 23, 2014
The U.S. flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately http://t.co/fXDMPSnwZi— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 23, 2014
I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel http://t.co/PidYBeCk9U— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 23, 2014
The FAA ordered U.S. airlines to stop flying in and out of Tel Aviv after rockets launched by Hamas landed approximately one mile from runways, CNN reported. The European Aviation & Safety also warned European airlines against flying into Israel, The New York Times said. Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Turkish Airlines, and Aeroflot were among those who cancelled flights, according to the Times.
Ben Gurion is the largest of Israel’s three airports, and the only one that receives flights from the United States. Ephraim Sneh, an Israeli politician, said Hamas’s rocket attacks near Ben Gurion were designed to disconnect Israel from the outer world, the Times said.