US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv

he US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

But it has warned that the situation with the conflict in Gaza remains "very fluid".

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first imposed the ban on Tuesday and extended it further on Wednesday citing the "potentially hazardous situation" in Israel and Gaza.

The cancellations had drawn criticism in US and Israel.

"The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today (Wednesday)," the regulator was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Meanwhile, three French and German airlines, including Air Berlin and Lufthansa, have cancelled more flights of their own to Tel Aviv amid ongoing safety concerns.

Lufthansa said its decision to cancel flights also applied to its subsidiaries including Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines.

Air France said it was suspending such flights "until further notice".

British Airways, however, has said it will continue scheduled flights into the region with no current plans to suspend service.

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