Business in Brief

Ben-Gurion traffic reached record
 13.4 million passengers in 2013

A record 13.4 million passengers passed through Ben-Gurion International Airport this year, 8% more than in 2012, the Israel Airports Authority reported yesterday. El Al Israel Airlines carried the largest number of passengers, 31.8% of the total. Turkish Airlines was second, at 4.3%, followed by Arkia (3.8%) and Germany’s Lufthansa (2.7%). The United States was the top destination for travelers (11%), followed by Turkey (9%) and Germany (7.3%). The agency said it expected Ben-Gurion to vault into the ranks of the world’s biggest airports when the number of passengers exceeds 15 million. The figure is forecast to exceed 16 million in 2018, it said. (Zohar Blumenkranz)

Army civilian salaries exceed rest of civil service

Civilians employed by the Israel Defense Forces earn considerably higher salaries than people working in equivalent jobs elsewhere in the civil service, a study by the Finance Ministry’s wages and labor relations division published last week found. The average gross monthly salary for a civilian IDF employee was 17,936 shekels ($5,156) in 2012, compared to 14,622 shekels in the rest of the civil service, even though that includes physicians whose salaries raise the average. For example, an IDF civilian employee with an academic degree averaged 15,582 shekels a month, compared with 14,081 shekels in the rest of the civil service. For senior executives in the IDF, the average was 23,188 shekels, a figure the report said exceeded the average in business. (Moti Bassok)