Planes landing at Ben Gurion now fly over Samaria

Runway upgrades at Ben Gurion Airport cause flight path changes.

Ido Ben Porat ,

Pilots (illustrative)
Pilots (illustrative)

Samaria residents on Sunday reported unusual amounts of noise from planes flying overhead.

Investigations showed that the increased activity is due to runway upgrades at Ben Gurion International Airport, leading to temporary changes in the flight plans for incoming aircraft.

During the coming three months, planes will be crossing Samaria to arrive via Runway 26, as well as arriving from the north via Runway 21.

The upgrades are part of a $280 million expansion, initiated to meet the demand of a record number of tourists.