Delta suspends Israel flights, citing rocket report

By Devon Sayers and Jason Hanna

(CNN) -- Delta Air Lines on Tuesday suspended flights to Israel's main international airport because of reports about a nearby rocket attack, the company said.

Citing "reports of a rocket or associated debris" near Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Delta said it suspended service between its hub in New York and Tel Aviv "to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees."

One immediate effect: Flight 469, which left New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with 273 passengers, diverted Tuesday to Paris' Charles de Gualle airport instead of heading to Tel Aviv as scheduled, the airline said.

"Delta continues to work closely with U.S. and other government resources to monitor the situation," Delta said.


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