The Passover traveling season got underway yesterday with 43,500 passengers passing through Ben-Gurion International Airport on 260 flights, with an additional 34,700 scheduled to leave today on 210 flights.
Sunday’s air traffic will be even heavier, with 302 planes, carrying 46,900 passengers. The next four days are also likely to register heavy traffic, with at least 45,000 travelers daily.
All told, about a million people on 6,500 flights are expected to pass through the airport before and during the holiday that gets underway Monday evening, 3% more than last year.
“As part of preparations for the holiday, the Israel Airports Authority will reinforce manpower at Ben-Gurion International Airport, as well as all its facilities at domestic airports and border crossings under its responsibility, in order to allow a smooth flow of people departing for holiday vacations,” said Shmuel Zakai, the airport’s acting manager.
“Passengers traveling with just hand luggage and checking in through the Internet can print up their boarding passes and proceed directly to the terminal’s security check for carry-on items,” he added.
U.S. Airways is the first airline to introduce booths for the automatic issuing of boarding passes. A survey by the carrier found that passengers saved an average of 30 minutes doing so.
A long-term covered parking lot was recently opened near Terminal 3. Scales were also introduced in the terminal to allow passengers to make sure luggage complies with weight restrictions before proceeding to the check-in counters.