Israel to expand Ben Gurion Airport as tourism increases

Following record number of tourists, Israel to add 388,000 square feet to main terminal at Ben Gurion International Airport.


Ben Gurion International Airport
Ben Gurion International Airport

JTA - Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport will undertake a major expansion at a cost of 1 billion shekels, or $280 million, in order to meet the demand of a record number of tourists.

The 388,000-square-foot expansion of the terminal for overseas travelers will take place on four levels and include 88 new check-in counters.

The airport is expecting a record number of individual arrivals and departures in 2019 — more than 25 million. There were some 20.8 million entries and exits in 2017.

As a stopgap measure to relieve congestion during the busy summer travel season, the airport plans to set up 25 temporary service counters in a structure adjacent to the overseas terminal building.

This summer, a number of mostly European low-cost airlines reportedly are planning to start service to Ben Gurion, Israeli media outlets reported.