Ben-Gurion Airport to Recruit 200 Extra Staff

Workers’ committee spokesman warns that extra manpower is only a quick fix, not long-term solution.

Alon Ron

The Israel Airports Authority will be recruiting about 200 extra members of staff, including security personnel, to address the shortages at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The manpower shortage sparked protests by the airport workers’ committee about a week ago.

The manpower is expected to provide an immediate boost to the number of people working at Terminal 1, which is used for some international flights operated by discount airlines and for domestic flights to Eilat. Additional personnel will also be added to the new baggage-scanning system at the airport, which also serves Terminal 3, the main international terminal.

However, a senior representative of the IAA workers’ committee said the additional staff will still fall short of what is required long-term but will meet immediate needs. The volume of international traffic has increased and is expected to expand further during the peak summer season, the committee said, adding that without even more personnel, there will be disruption in service in the future.

The Tel Aviv Labor Court gave management and staff two weeks to pursue talks on how disruptions can be avoided. The court ordered the two sides to report back on June 13.