ISRAEL, PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT BEN GURION AIRPORT ON THE RISE
Continuing the trend of the first months, November 2017 ended with an increase in passenger traffic: 1.45 million passengers traveled through the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, 18% more than in November 2016.
Passenger traffic thus totaled 18.8 million transits in the period January-November, 16% more than the corresponding period last year. Traffic was boosted by Ryanair, which began its full operation in Israel in October this year, and transported 5,500 passengers from the Ben Gurion airport. The number of airplanes that used the Ben Gurion airport in November was 10,117, 17% more than in November 2016. Figures are announced by the Israeli Authority of ports and airports, taken from the Globes business newspaper . November is considered a weak month for passenger traffic, but the number of passengers traveling abroad has continued to grow, due to the relatively low November prices and the popularity of business travel during this period, before the Christian holidays.
A map of cities visited by Israelis includes New York, Paris, Rome, London, Amsterdam and Bucharest. Many passengers have passed through Istanbul and Moscow airports to reach other destinations.
The airlines with the most frequent number of trips are the following: El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) with 400,000 passengers, a variation of 3.5% compared to last year. Turkish Airlines, in second place, with 88,000 passengers, 8% more than last year. The British airline easyJet with 76,000 passengers, 27% more than the corresponding month last year, followed by the Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, whose passenger activities in Israel reached 71,000 in November, double compared to last year. The Russian airline Aeroflot, which is getting stronger in the connecting flight business, flew 62,600 passengers in November.
Other airlines that gained ground in November include LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd., Transavia.
In the first 11 months of 2017, the five main airlines for passenger traffic were El Al, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, EasyJet and Israir.
Destination countries include Turkey, mainly as an intermediate stop to other destinations, the United States, Germany, Italy, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Poland.