Beginning only as an airstrip of four concrete runways, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport was initially named Wilhelma airport and then RAF Station Lydda, and served as a major airfield for military air transport during World War II and operation base between bases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East (mainly Iraq and Persia) and South/Southeast Asia. After becoming a civil airport, it was renamed Ben Gurion International Airport in 1973 to honour Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. There are currently two terminals, Terminal 1 (mainly for domestic flights) and Terminal 3 (mainly for international flights). Ben Gurion Airport is conveniently located in the centre of the country allowing spotters to catch their favourite planes fly. The airport has received recognition for being the most customer-friendly airport.
Getting to your destination from Ben Gurion Airport may be done by taking the rail, a taxi or a bus. Israel Railways operates the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station, located in the lower level of Terminal 3 and the journey to Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station takes less than 20 minutes. The airport has regular inter-city bus lines, limousine and private shuttle services, and those who wish to immerse themselves in a new culture may hire a popular Sherut "shared" door to door taxis, sharing the cost and journey of the ride with a few others going the same path.
What to see and do
Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel, although it only houses a population of 414,600. The city is best known as the White City for its 400 UNISCO World Heritage Bauhaus buildings. It is also known as "the city that never sleeps" and a "party capital" due to its lively nightlife -- so remember to bring along a nice outfit and your dancing shoes for your trip here!
Tel Aviv has some beautiful beaches and parks. Some notable parks include Hayarkon Park, Charles Clore Park, Independence Park, Meir Park and Dubnow Park - all of which contribute to the large percentage of green space in the city. Also, visit the museums in Tel Aviv for an insight into its history and culture - if you didn’t know, Israel has the highest number of museums per capita of any country. Visit the Eretz Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Batey Haosef Museum.
The young will want to check out the various night clubs in the city. Be sure to visit its beachfront eateries and have an Israeli breakfast which features eggs, salad, cheese and olives in addition to freshly baked bread. You’ll also find good-quality sushi, Thai and Chinese food as well as Ethiopian and Moroccan cuisines.
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