Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion International Airport
Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion International AirportT.P.S.

The Workers Committee of the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) on Friday morning announced that all arrivals and departures at Ben Gurion International Airport would be stopped.

Flights which have already taken off will need to find alternate airports to land at.

Seventeen flights are scheduled to take off from Ben Gurion Airport on Friday, while 20 others are scheduled to land.

The announcement follows a warning earlier this week by the IAA employees that if a plan is not formed to resume regular activity at Ben Gurion, all IAA employees will go on unpaid leave from Sunday.

Currently, the airport is handling both cargo flights and a handful of passenger flights.

Approximately 2,500 IAA employees are already on unpaid leave, but are receiving unemployment benefits from Bituach Leumi (the National Insurance Institute). These payments, however, will end on July 1, leading the employees to push for the reopening of Ben Gurion by that date.