The abundance of caution followed the July 17 downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet while flying over the armed conflict on the Ukraine-Russian border. Authorities said the plane was hit by a rocket, killing all 298 people on board.
“It’s really forcing every carrier, every business jet operator to do their own due diligence, do their own risk assessment, given the geopolitical situation,” said Aviation consultant Robert Mann told The Associated Press.
The State Department earlier this week reiterated its recommendation, first issued in February, to U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank, and repeated a “longstanding strong warning” against any travel to the Gaza Strip.
The FAA announced recently that carriers voluntarily agreed not to operate in the airspace near the Russian-Ukraine border following the recent Malaysia Airlines tragedy.