Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday reopened Terminal 1 to international flights, after an NIS 8 million renovation.

The first flight to take off from the rejuvenated facility was a Turkish charter, Sky Airlines, with 168 passengers on board. It left at 1 A.M. Tuesday morning for Antalia.

Actually, Sky Airlines will be the only carrier using Terminal 1 until October 31 this year, at which time the terminal will close down for a broader renovation, costing NIS 35 million. Ben-Gurion means to reopen it on a larger scale for the summer of 2009.

While it's open this year, Terminal 1 will be processing 3,700 passengers to Turkey each week. Not that they leave from there. After undergoing passport control and check-in, they get bused to Terminal 3 for takeoff.