Southern Airspace Closed for Air Force Drill

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel’s southern airspace was closed to civilian air traffic on Monday and Tuesday to make room for a large-scale drill being conducted by the Israel Air Force, Haaretz reported.

Dozens of jet fighters and air-to-air refueling craft took part in the drill.

Commercial carriers were ordered to redirect their domestic flights to and from Eilat to an alternative route: Aircraft were to fly west toward Amman, then south along the Jordanian border until they neared Aqaba, before proceeding along their usual routes. Flights to and from the Far East that regularly fly over Eilat were also to use this route.

Arkia, Israir and El Al, as well as private and recreational flights, were affected by the closure. International carriers were notified of the restrictions.