The Ben-Gurion airport is the largest international airport in Israel, and it serves as the main gateway to Israel. The airport has two main terminals: Terminal 3 which is used for international flights and terminal 1 which is used for internal flights and low cost international flights.
The airport of operated by the Israel Airports Authority and serves as the center of El-Al, the largest Israeli airline company. The airport is also used by other Israeli airlines – Israir, Arkia & Sundor. The Ben-Gurion airport is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East. During 2015, it has seen 16,299,200 in 118,881 flights. In 2016, the number of passengers in international flights is expected to exceed 17 million people. The airport also habits the Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israel Airports Authority.
Interesting Facts about Ben-Gurion Airport:
- While it was built by the British, before the establishment on the Israeli state, the airport was named as the "Wilhelma Airport". It was named after the nearby Wilhelma Templar colony (Which is called "Bnei Atarot" today).
- Airport "Ben-Gurion" airport is considered the most secure airport in the world.
- At the rear section of Terminal 3, there is a window facing the Dan Metropolitan Area which inhabits the "Garden of Israel" and is linked to the waiting area with trees from all over the Israel
- The Israeli singer Meir Ariel, immortalized in his song "Terminal Luminelt" the Israeli experience at Ben-Gurion Airport in the 70's.