British Airways suspends all flights to and from Israel as flight diverted while landing

A BA flight was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv but is now flying back to the UK


LONDON - AUGUST 10: A British Airways plane lands as two other grounded planes sit on the runway at Heathrow Airport, Terminal one on August 10, 2006 in London, England. London Airports have been thrown into chaos as Airport security has been heightened to critical after a terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US was disrupted by police. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

A British Airways flight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv has been diverted due to 'security concerns' and is now making its way back to the UK.

According to the airline, BA flight 165, which was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv at 3:30 UK time and was on final descent into Tel Aviv before turning around and heading back to London.

The flight, which took off from Heathrow this morning an hour late at 9:25AM, was one of the last British Airways flights to Israel, with flights being cancelled for the rest of the week.

In a statement British Airways said: "Safety is always our highest priority and following the latest assessment of the situation we're suspending our flights to and from Tel Aviv,"

They added: "We're contacting customers booked to travel to or from Tel Aviv to apologise for the inconvenience and offer options including a full refund and rebooking with another airline or with British Airways at a later date.

"We continue to monitor the situation in the region closely."

On flight monitoring service Flightradar, the plane was seen descending into Israel on schedule, before turning around and heading back in the direction of Greece.

According to the Israel Airports Authority, the choice to divert the plane was made by the pilot on board and the airport rejected suggestions it was unsafe to land at the airport.

Earlier today, Hamas sources announced they would be targeting Ben Gurion airport with rockets from the Gaza Strip.

British Airways is one of the few airlines operating flights to Israel outside Israeli carriers with the arrivals board of Ben Gurion airport showing several delays and cancellations.

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