57,000 Travelers Expected Wednesday at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport

Officials expect some 1.2 million passengers will pass through the airport during the Jewish holiday season, an increase of 10% over last year's holiday traffic.

As the Jewish holiday travel season continues, about 57,000 passengers are expected to pass through Ben-Gurion International Aiport Wednesday on more than 300 arriving or departing flights.

The Rosh Hashanah holiday began Sunday evening and by the end of the ensuing day, more than 45,000 passengers departed from or arrived at the airport on 294 flights. Among departing passengers, the most popular destinations were Greece, Germany, the United States, Italy and Russia.

Over the entire holiday season from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot, from September 13 through October 11, airport officials expect some 1.2 million passengers to pass through the airport, an increase of about 10% over last year's fall holiday season.

The peak travel day was last Thursday, when the airport handled over 68,000 passengers on international flights. On Thursday the numbers are expected to approach that, with an estimated 64,000 travelers arriving or departing.

Next Tuesday, September 25, the eve of Yom Kippur, Israel's airspace is scheduled to close to commercial traffic at 1 P.M., with the last landing at the airport scheduled for 12:25 P.M. and the last take-off scheduled for 12:55 P.M.

Air traffic will resume on the evening of the following day, with the first landing at 9 P.M. and the first take-off at 10:30 P.M.

In most areas of the country vehicular traffic also comes to a halt for the duration of the holy day as well, with the exception of a small number of emergency and other vehicles.

Updated arrival and departure information on flights in and out of Ben-Gurion airport is available on the Israel Airports Authority website, www.iaa.gov.il.