Terminal 1 of the Tel Aviv International Airport, David Ben Gurion, reopened its doors last Monday. The economic newspaper Globes reports the news.

The airport will serve only low-cost international airlines and security and control services will all be carried out at the new facility; passengers will no longer go at Terminal 3 as in the past.

Estimated annual traffic is 1.4 million passengers with 33 scheduled daily flights.

The old terminal, called Wilhelma Airport or Terminal 1 because when it was built, in 1937, it was actually the only international arrival airport to visit Jerusalem, was restored after the founding of the State of Israel and decorated with images of Ben Gurion and Menachem Begin.

Today, modernized, it is equipped with a sophisticated luggage control system, costing 60 million shekels (about 15 million euros) and a larger and better control area for hand luggage.

Among the companies that will use the new facility, there are 3 Israeli airlines (Up – low cost of El Al -, Arkia and Israir). Easyjet (the leading carrier in Israel) will have a big share with Ryanair, Wizzair, Pegasus and others.

According to Ben Gurion’s General Manager, the traffic of the first Israeli airport has tripled over the past three years mainly due to the Open Skies Agreement (which was also the base of the increase in the duty free shop business volume, with the revenue of which the restructuring of the Terminal was funded).

Whele in 2009 transit passengers amounted to 9 million,for 2018 a total volume of 20 million passengers is estimated.


Source: medNews