Nearly 757,000 international passengers went through Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, in December, according to statistics released, Thursday by the Civil Aviation Authority. The number represents a 1.93 percent increase over December 2010. They flew on slightly more than 5,900 flights, 5.9 percent fewer than the previous year. Slightly more than 59,000 took domestic flights, a decline of 11.82 percent.
The domestic carriers' share of the traffic was 37.53 percent, down 14.2 percent from 2010. The greatest gains in traffic were posted by Alitalia, Aerosvit and Austrian Airlines. Austria, the Ukraine and Russia posted the biggest gains as destinations, thanks in part ot loosening of visa requirements. The United States remained the most popular national destination, while Charles De Gaulle in Paris was the most-traveled-to airport.