Airlines around the world have followed a U.S. ban and suspended their services into and out of Israel following a rocket attack near the country's main airport. Despite the security concerns, Secretary of State John Kerry flew into to the country Wednesday on Air Force One, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew in on El Al.
Kerry planned to meet with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian authority to help reach a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas group, which controls the besieged Gaza Strip.
Bloomberg announced his arrival in a late morning EDT tweet.
The arrivals came a day after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a 24-hour ban on U.S. flights to Ben Gurion after a Hamas rocket landed about a mile away. The agency on Wednesday extended the ban for another 24 hours to midday Thursday.
Following the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which saw a passenger jet shot down over Ukraine last week amid ongoing unrest on the country's border with Russia, airlines and passengers are growing more cautious about air travel safety.
A number of airlines have already diverted their flights across central and eastern Europe—a heavily used route for services to Asia—after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Meanwhile, airport security on both sides of the Atlantic has been stepped up, with passengers now having to show that all their handheld electronic devices are fully functioning.