The hazy, windy weather is not only cancelling flights, but it could cause health problems too because of elevated air pollution levels.
A surprise dust storm mixed with strong winds hit the country late Thursday night, resulting in cancelled flights and possible health problems due to the high levels of air pollution.
Many domestic flights have been cancelled. Arkia Airlines and Israir Airlines both announced around noon that all of their flights would be cancelled for the rest of the day, as the weather did not seem to be improving. Arkia said it would provide buses to Eilat in place of their 14 cancelled flights.
Earlier in the day, the Eilat and Tel Aviv Sde Dov airports were only allowing takeoffs, but not landings, due to the high winds and low visibility.