Ben Gurion Airport Braces for Over a Million Passover Flyers

Ben Gurion Airport Braces for Over a Million Passover Flyers
Ben Gurion Airport Braces for Over a Million Passover Flyers
Written by Harry Johnson

Ben Gurion Airport serves as a central hub for El Al, Israir Airlines, Arkia, and Sun d’Or, and is under the management of the Israel Airports Authority.

Israel’s main international airport is experiencing a surge in passenger traffic, with travelers arriving from overseas or departing for vacations abroad. This past week, a new record was set as around 49,400 passengers passed through Ben Gurion International Airport on 304 international flights in a single day. It is anticipated that this Sunday will see the airport surpass the 50,000-passenger mark, with an estimated 52,000 passengers scheduled to travel through.

The busiest day is projected to be Sunday, April 21, with an expected 60,000 passengers passing through. Additionally, high passenger volumes are expected on Thursdays, April 19th and April 24th. Overall, it is forecasted that approximately 1.2 million passengers will travel through Israel’s main international airport during the holiday period.

With Passover holiday fast approaching, Israel’s Ministry of Transportation, the Airports Authority, and the management of the National Airport Authority of Israel are making necessary preparations to accommodate the expected surge in passenger traffic.

In response to the Minister of Transportation, Miri Regev’s directive, there will be an increase in the number of employees at Terminal 3. Additionally, senior managers will be present at the terminal throughout the holiday, with particular focus on the days when high passenger volumes are anticipated.

The Minister of Transportation stated that despite the ongoing fighting in Gaza and the northern border, the Ministry is determined to restore normal air traffic to and from Israel. The Minister expressed satisfaction in seeing the positive outcome of their efforts, as more airlines have resumed operations for Passover, which in turn allows more Israeli residents to travel abroad.

“Together with the entire nation of Israel, I pray for the speedy return of all the abductees ahead of the holiday of freedom, and that we will be able to celebrate the Passover night together with them,” the Minister added.

Ben Gurion International Airport, also referred to by the Hebrew acronym Natbag, serves as the primary international airport in Israel. Positioned on the northern periphery of Lod, it stands as the most bustling airport in the nation. Found 45 kilometers (28 mi) northwest of Jerusalem and 20 kilometers (12 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv, the airport was originally named Lod Airport but was renamed in 1973 after David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. Ben Gurion Airport serves as a central hub for El Al, Israir Airlines, Arkia, and Sun d’Or, and is under the management of the Israel Airports Authority.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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