Ben-Gurion Launching Express Security Check Line at Terminal 3

Ben-Gurion International Airport will be launching an express security check line in August, Haaretz learned yesterday.

Passengers who made their reservations online, printed out their own boarding passes and are not checking luggage may use the line.

Passengers on El Al as well as 11 foreign airlines may use the new line, which will be located in the Shahakim Hall (the restaurant area), apart from the other security lines.

After they present the printout of their boarding card, and their carry-on luggage is x-rayed, they may proceed directly to the gate and duty-free shops.

The Israeli Airport Authority will be launching this service as a pilot project on August 3. The run-in phase of the project will last about a month, the IAA said.

Participating airlines include British Airways, Air France, KLM, Al Italia, Swiss, Lufthansa, Delta, Continental, Air Canada, Austrian and Brussels.

Between January and June, about 5.1 million travelers passed through Ben-Gurion International Airport, an increase of 12.5 percent over the same period last year.

There were 941,000 travelers who flew or returned from abroad in June, more than 15 percent more than in June 2007. There were 476,600 outgoing and 464,300 incoming.

Some 7,200 international flights landed at Ben-Gurion in the first six months of the year, an increase of 17.9 percent over last year.

In July and August, 2.8 million passengers are expected to pass through Ben-Gurion. This is 14 percent more than last summer.

The IAA will be opening the old terminal for charter flights to Turkey, in order to ease the load on the main terminal.