The head of the Union of Travel Agencies, Yossi Fata'el, called on the minister of transportation, Israel Katz, to operate Ovda airport in the Negev while flights at Ben-Gurion Airport are halted.

He said that since B-G is the country's only international airport, its closure seriously hurts Israel's image to the world.

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Ovda Airport is located in Beersheba, in southern Israel which has also been under heavy Gazan rocket fire in the past few weeks.


On Tuesday, a rocket hit a home near Ben Gurion airport, prompting a flight stoppages by American and European airlines, aside from El Al.