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At Ben Gurion Airport, the coronavirus crisis hasn't ended yet

Delays in baggage loading and a severe lack of manpower are making it difficult for Israel's main airport to get back on its feet.

At Ben Gurion Airport, the coronavirus crisis hasn't ended yet

No more tests for anyone flying to Israel starting Saturday

No tests to be required before or after flights, for citizens and non-citizens alike.

No more tests for anyone flying to Israel starting Saturday

Mask requirement on flights likely to be abolished

Health authorities mulling ending requirement to wear masks on flights.

Mask requirement on flights likely to be abolished

Passengers at Ben Gurion Airport sent photos of plane crash

Flight from Israel to Turkey delayed over menacing photos sent to passengers.

Passengers at Ben Gurion Airport sent photos of plane crash

Mandatory COVID testing at Ben Gurion to end on May 20

Health Minister in agreement with PM agrees to end practice of mandatory PCR COVID tests at Ben Gurion Airport.

Mandatory COVID testing at Ben Gurion to end on May 20

Watch: Dud shell found by US tourists causes panic at Ben Gurion Airport

Dud shell found in luggage of US tourists as they sought to board a flight to the US. The incident is being investigated.

Dud shell causes panic at Ben Gurion Airportplayer

4,000 Ukrainian immigrants absorbed in Israel since start of war

Defense, Immigration Ministers visit Ben Gurion Airport to witness absorption of immigrants fleeing the war in Ukraine.

4,000 Ukrainian immigrants absorbed in Israel since start of war

Cost of coronavirus tests for incoming travelers to drop

Significant savings on the horizon for those arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport, Health Min. Horowitz promises.

Cost of coronavirus tests for incoming travelers to drop

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Ministry of Health promoting rapid test for those returning to Israel, the results of which can be obtained within 3-4 hours.

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Russia causing GPS disruptions at Ben Gurion Airport

Defense systems used by Russian army in Syria disrupt the electromagnetic waves in the region and create disruptions to Israeli aircraft.

Russia causing GPS disruptions at Ben Gurion Airport

Govt minister planning joint Israeli-Palestinian airport

Minister for Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej wants to reopen airport in Atarot, just outside Jerusalem.

Govt minister planning joint Israeli-Palestinian airport

'Eagle' emergency exercise at Ben Gurion Airport

Magen David Adom provides medical treatment to 250 people simulating injured passengers.

'Eagle' emergency exercise at Ben Gurion Airport

Watch: Emergency drill at Ben Gurion Airport

Simulation of airplane crash on runway, with all emergency services responding.

Watch: Emergency drill at Ben Gurion Airportplayer

Prof. Nachman Ash: Closing airport not off the table

'Next challenge is to identify a dangerous variant - that's not simple at an early age,' says Prof. Ash, Health Min. Director General.

Health Min. official: Closing airport not off the table

New measures to ease travel to Israel

Health Minister approves new regulation allowing people traveling to Israel to take rapid antigen test instead of PCR test before flying.

New measures to ease travel to Israel

Price of COVID tests at Ben Gurion Airport to rise

As new company takes over administering of COVID tests at airport, price of tests to more than double from NIS 40 to NIS 89.

Price of COVID tests at Ben Gurion Airport to rise

First time: Egyptair plane lands at Ben Gurion Airport

Egyptian national airline begins official flights to and from Israel after decades of using subsidiary without official logo.

First time: Egyptair plane lands at Ben Gurion Airport

NJ-bound plane forced to make emergency landing at Ben Gurion

United Airlines plane bound for New Jersey suffers wing flap malfunction, forcing it to make emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport.

NJ-bound plane forced to make emergency landing at Ben Gurion

Bennett: 'Our tolerance for the unvaccinated has run out'

PM discusses new COVID-related plans, including genetic scanning mechanism at Ben Gurion airport to help deal with 'the next variant.'

Bennett: 'Our tolerance for the unvaccinated has run out'

Arab Minister Issawi Frej: Arab-Israelis are faking COVID documentation

Arabs traveling to Greece, Turkey are faking immunity or vaccination passports when returning to Israel, Frej claims.

Arab Minister: Arab-Israelis are faking COVID passes

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis: 'Change policies at the airport'

'Exponential increase in number of imported coronavirus infections,' Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, Head of Public Health Services, says.

Health Min. official: 'Change policies at the airport'

Only passengers to be allowed to enter airport terminal

Ben Gurion airport announces restrictions on who can enter terminals.

Israel's largest airport steps up COVID restrictions

Government prepares for Rosh Hashannah trip to Uman

Religious Affairs Minister meets director of Ben Gurion Airport to discuss annual hasidic pilgrimage to Tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

Government prepares for Rosh Hashannah trip to Uman

Survey: Most Israelis support airport closure

Majority of Israelis support airport closure, do not agree with Coronavirus Cabinet decisions, new survey reveals.

Survey: Most Israelis support airport closure

Malfunction at airport causes passengers to be diagnosed as positive

Infection in testing machine cause incorrect results in COVID-19 tests.

Malfunction at airport: Passengers falsely diagnosed as positive

Will the airport close? Gov't denies, but will ban more countries

3 families who recently returned from abroad sparked almost 600 COVID cases.

Will the airport close? Gov't denies but will ban more countries

Shaked: If cases increase, we'll consider cancelling flights

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked visits Ben Gurion Airport, comments on increase in cases of COVID-19.

Shaked: If cases increase, we'll consider cancelling flights

Israelis traveling to high-risk countries face NIS 5000 fine

Six countries are currently off-limits: Russia, India, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, and Brazil.

Israelis traveling to high-risk countries face NIS 5000 fine

New COVID testing facility to be set up at Ben Gurion Airport

Testing facility to administer hundreds of tests at airport as Israel grapples with outbreak of Delta Variant.

New COVID testing facility to be set up at Ben Gurion Airport

Fines to be imposed on travelers to high-risk countries

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announces increased enforcement at Ben Gurion Airport against people traveling to countries defined as red.

Fines to be imposed on travelers to high-risk countries

168 Covid-19 carriers entered Israel in last month alone

60% of confirmed cases had been vaccinated against coronavirus.

168 Covid-19 carriers entered Israel in last month alone

COVID-19 test at Ben Gurion Airport to cost 140 shekels

Starting in June, all those landing in Israel will be required to pay for a COVID-19 test, which had been free until this point.

COVID-19 test at Ben Gurion Airport to cost 140 shekels

Massive rocket barrage on Ben Gurion Airport, central Israel

Sirens sound across central Israel and around Ben Gurion Airport as massive barrage of rockets launched from Gaza Strip.

Massive rocket barrage on Ben Gurion Airport, central Israel

Ben Gurion Airport planning for Indian variant

Transportation Min. requests information on changes in protocol required to prevent Indian coronavirus mutation from spreading in Israel.

Ben Gurion Airport planning for Indian variant

For first time: Polling stations at Ben Gurion Airport

People required to go into isolation upon landing on election day will be able to vote at the airport.

For first time: Polling stations at Ben Gurion Airport

Israel to open coronavirus vaccination booth at Ben Gurion Airport?

Will Israelis returning from abroad be able to receive coronavirus vaccines before leaving the airport?

Israel to open COVID-19 vaccination booth at Ben Gurion Airport?

'If we had opened the skies there would be 16,000 dead'

Health Minister rejects calls to allow 4,000 Israelis to return daily to vote in the elections.

'If we had opened the skies there would be 16,000 dead'

Flights to four more destinations may be approved

Transportation Min. Regev instructs staff to examine adding four more cities to list for emergency flights.

Flights to four more destinations to be approved?

Ben Gurion to reopen Sunday

With the lowest single-day infection rate since December, Israel has decided to reopen its borders starting Sunday.

Ben Gurion to reopen Sundayplayer

Airport may reopen on March 7

Number of flights may be unlimited, quarantine to continue for anyone without proof of coronavirus immunization or recovery.

Airport may reopen on Sunday