Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Gurion Airport – Fly safe, fly with Ben

Ben Gurion is the main international airport of Israel located near Tel Aviv. It was named after Israel’s first prime-minister, David Ben-Gurion, and it is currently the hub of the following airlines: El Al, Israir Airlines and Arkia Israel Airlines and the airport is operated by the Israel Airports Authority.

The usage of the airport was growing constantly since the year 2000 with small falls in 2001, 2002 and 2009. In 2014 Ben Gurion Airport registered 15 million passengers, 7.3% more than the anterior year. The numbers are expected to grow in the future due the fact that another important airport from Israel is going to be closed, Sde Dov Airport.

The Airport has one of the best security in the world due to the constant threat of terrorist attacks. Until now no terrorist attempt was successful thanks to the airport strict rules. The rules however are not an inconvenience to the passengers.


The airport was funded in 1936 under the name Wilhelma Airport. It served for military purposes during World War II and made connections between Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Its names was changed a few years after into Lydda and then to Lod. In 1973 the name was changed once again into Ben Gurion to honor Israel’s first prime-minister.

Later one especially between the 80s and the 90s several facilities were built in order for the airport to face the new wave of people that came.

In the present the airport has three runways, two active terminals (terminal 1 and terminal 3).


Israir Airlines has the youngest fleet in Israel at the moment although they only have four active aircrafts: Airbus A320 and ATR 72.

El Al has 41 aircrafts in use and they are using only Boeing models as: Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777, having a Boeing 747 that is a cargo too.

El Al’s fleet stands out of the crowd by having a blue stripe on their airplanes and the flag of Israel at the top.


Ben Gurion airport was awarded Roll of Excellence by Airports Council International for its service quality and passengers satisfaction.

Apart from this prestigious award the airport was also ranked 9th in the “World’s top airports” by the reader’s choice in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

I quote from the magazine: “Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport is perennially ranked one of the best airports in the Middle East, due largely to its vaunted reputation for air-tight security. Its small size, with just over 14 million passengers in 2013, makes it a fairly easy airport for fliers to navigate, once they get past the famously rigorous passenger screening, which to the uninitiated can seem like an auto-da-fé. For that reason, international fliers are advised to arrive well ahead of departure time (at least three hours). The reward: There's a shopping mall at your disposal.”

Routes and Destinations

The busiest route is Tel Aviv – Paris and the second is to New York. Apart from those you can also travel to cities like Madrid, Bucharest, Vienna, Prague, Cairo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lyon, Barcelona, Moscow, Brussels, Los Angeles, Sofia, Bangkok, Beijing, Athens and many others.

Why fly via Ben Gurion?

How to Check-In

Although there are many ways to check-in for a flight the best and easiest way you have is to simply go to one kiosk and check-in via the Express Check-In. The main advantages that you’ll have by using this service are: shorter waiting time, no extra charges, it is available for every passengers and you can select your seat having to choose between the available seats remained. There are ten Express Check-In stand all spread around the airport so they can be accessed no matter where you are in the airport.

Baggage and Allowance

The airport has a very strict procedure, any vehicle that goes inside the airport is checked by armed military corpses, the procedure has several steps and also before going into the airport your luggage is scanned by X-Ray’s and you have to go through a metal detector.


The seating may differ from airplane to airplane but to in order to have an image in your mind here is the seating plan of a Boeing 737, it has 16 first-class seats, 18 economy class plus seats and 126 economic standard seats while the Boeing 747-400 has 42 world business seats, 36 economy comfort seats and 341 standard economy seats. The other airplanes have similar seating plans as the ones displayed above.


Booking Fee

Booking fees are different from airline to airline. It depends on what extra services you choose, what seat you take, what date is the flight due, on what date you buy your ticket and to what destination you are travelling.

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 Airport Contact Details

Ben Gurion Intl Airport

PO Box 7,
Ben Gurion Airport,
70100 ISRAEL

Tel:+972 (0)3 9723344,9755555
Fax:+972 (0)3 9752387


Israel Airports Authority

 Location Details

Longitude:34° 52' 57'' E
Latitude:32° 0' 43'' N

 Airport Location

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