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Disruptions in the loading and unloading of baggage at Ben-Gurion Airport led to delays of up to three hours in departures and landings yesterday.

According to luggage porters, the disruptions were due to a lack of manpower, as the number of passengers flying in and out of Israel has risen as the holidays near. Israeli Airports Authority Director General Gabi Ophir instructed the relevant officials to find a solution immediately.

Over 52,000 passengers were slated to pass through Ben-Gurion yesterday. In general, some 25,500 passengers a day enter Israel through the airport during the holiday season, while 26,500 depart. There are almost no seats available on outgoing flights from Israel in August or September.

Turkey heads the lists of destinations: Roughly 10,000 passengers will fill 52 planes a day, including 33 to Antalya. Second is the United States, where 6,000 passengers are expected to fly on some 20 flights a day. Third is France, and Italy is fourth.