U.S. threatens to ban Israeli flights after Israel blocks U.S. flights to curb spread of coronavirus

by Laura Mize · Feb 16th, 2021 1:37 pm

Last Updated Feb 16th, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Transportation authorities in the United States and Israel are at odds after Israel closed Ben Gurion International Airport in late January in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, but continues to allow one Israeli airline to fly passengers into the hub on an emergency basis.

Ben Gurion International Airport is located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The U.S. Department of Transportation has complained that allowing airline El Al to fly there, while banning U.S. airlines from all but cargo flights, violates the 2010 Open Skies Agreement signed by the two nations.

Now, an Israeli news outlet called N12 reports that U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has threatened to bar Israeli flights from landing in the United States.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said it is not aware of such a threat.


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