This week at the Tel Aviv airport: Why a woman from Guangzhou got a Star of David tattoo, and what a young Israeli learned about himself while in Australia
Ben Gurion Airport
Ben-Gurion International Airport (in Hebrew, Namal Hate'ufa Ben-Gurion, or Natbag) is the main international airport of the State of Israel. Built in 1936 during the British Mandate, the airport was named Wilhelma Airport; its name was changed to Lod Airport with the creation of Israel in 1948, and in 1973 it was remained Ben-Gurion Airport in honor of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who died that year.
The airport is located some 15 kilometers from Tel Aviv, and handles more than 11 million passengers every year. It falls under the control of the state's Israel Airports Authority. El Al Airlines, Israel’s flag carrier, began operating out of the airport in 1948, and to this day uses Ben-Gurion as its home base.
During the 1948 War on Independence, Ben-Gurion Airport was taken over by the Israeli army and all civilian activity was relocated to a nearby field. In July 1948, authority over the airport was transferred to Israel's Ministry of Transportation and in November 1949 the airport reopened with the arrival of the first flight by a Czech airliner.
The 1960s saw the need for the airport to update its runways to accommodate new aircrafts and there was an increase in the number of foreign airlines routinely operating from the airport. Domestic flights from Ben-Gurion ceased and were moved to a smaller field near Tel Aviv until a new internal flights terminal was inaugurated in 1969.
The airport received a billion-dollar facelift in 2004, with the opening of Terminal 3, which replaced Terminal 1 as the primary departure and arrival point for international flights.
Ben-Gurion is known as one of the world’s safest airports, with a high level of security provided by the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Police, and undercover agents. Passengers departing and entering the airport are subject to rigorous security checks, many of which have been adopted internationally.
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Estonian graphic designer hoping to ride all the way to the Olympics, and Swiss student who organizes techno festivals at a former women’s prison
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A British Jew who experienced being a refugee as a boy mulls a move to Israel, and a hasidic Israeli makes a pilgrimage to New York
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An expat who lives in Brazil explains why she left Israel ■ Why it's complicated for gay people in Eilat, according to a young couple
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A design student describes the aesthetic difference between Europe and Israel, and two young karate fighters explain what Shotokan is all about
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A student from London who knew she wanted to be an archaeologist when she was 3, and a student from Tel Aviv who see physics as magic
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Israeli who took a break from life in order to figure out who she was after getting a divorce, and an American professional soccer player who found herself in Tel Aviv
Flights were delayed and others departed without baggage on one of the busiest days of the year
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A Colombian expat embarks on a new chapter in her life, and two sisters reunite after a two-decade separation
At this point, it's not clear whether Israel defense officials put an end to the problem, which required a change in the landing paths used by arriving aircraft
Ambassador Reda Mansour, a Druze, says he and his family were treated as suspects upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport ■ Spokesman says 'nothing wrong,' arguing he 'chose to be offended' ■ Foreign minister 'won't let it happen again'
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: This Italian student feels like she belongs in Israel – but isn't sure making aliyah is the right thing to do
'Israeli pride!' shouted friends and family at Ben-Gurion Airport, then they opened a bottle of Champagne
Israel's defense establishment approved the route over the West Bank ■ Former civil aviation official: Even if no planes shot down, a bullet hit would 'open the gates of hell'
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A rabbi whose journey led her back to Israel after 30 years in California, and a man whose name became a self-fulfilling prophesy
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Iranian Jew who left Israel for Canada, and an Israeli therapist who treats kibbutzniks
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: Young Uruguayan-Israelis explain where they get their optimism from ■ An Israeli couple whose story is what rom-coms are made of
Israelis are going abroad in record numbers while tourist arrivals are on their way to another all-time high
Russia Disrupting GPS in Israeli Airspace via Ship or Military Base in Syria, Defense Officials Believe
Cyber specialists also examining possibility disruptions have been caused by a source in Israel who is 'unaware of the consequences'
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Israeli animal researcher who almost missed his son's birth while watching eagles in the desert, and an American who joined the Marines after a dream about God
International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations announced that 'many' pilots had lost satellite signals during navigation and landings at Ben Gurion
Campaign sought to bar the chain from opening at Ben-Gurion Airport over its refusal to open restaurants in West Bank settlements
Experts warn that allowing Sde Dov to operate, as Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich has vowed, will lead to tens of thousands of lost housing units
Workers hotline calls on police to investigate deaths: 'As long as no one is held accountable, workers will continue to be killed'
An Israeli security team was rushed to Ben-Gurion Airport to question the passengers and canvas the British Airways aircraft, which was deemed safe
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A semi-retired Maryland man contemplates moving to Israel, while honoring the one thing his mom ever asked of him
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A psychologist who believes our dreams hold the key to our psyche, and a glimpse into the debauched world of marketing
Members of alleged ring behind what police have dubbed 'Ben-Gurion underground' recruited employees with passes for closed off areas to bypass passport control
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Israeli woman who's breaking the glass ceiling in Australia, and a man who left Israel for Asia so he can hear himself think
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A couple taking break from a life without routine, and the people tasked with preserving Jaffa's ancient heritage in the face of development