Early check-in service for Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion Airport will begin this coming Sunday at the Expo compound at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds in an effort to ease pressure and lines at Israel's main international airport, the Airports Authority announced on Thursday.
The service will allow travelers to send a family representative one day prior to their scheduled flight to the Expo Compound to check in their luggage. Thus, on the day of the flight, passengers can arrive only two hours beforehand and head straight for duty-free and then to their gate for boarding.
At this stage, the service will be provided to passengers flying El Al, Turkish Airlines, and Pegasus – though only to specific destinations. El Al passengers will receive the service only when flying to the following destinations: New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg, London (Heathrow), and Paris. Turkish Airlines passengers will receive the service when flying to Istanbul, Anatolia, and Dalaman, and Pegasus passengers will receive the service only on flights to Istanbul.
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A month ago, a similar pre-flight service began in Haifa in an attempt to ease the crowding at Ben-Gurion, allowing passengers living in the area to drop off luggage before their flight without traveling to Tel Aviv.
Ben-Gurion Airport is facing extreme crowding, long-lines, and baggage-handling issues this travel season. According to estimates, 2.3 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport on international flights in August.