This week at the Tel Aviv airport: The organizer of the Porny Days festival talks about her effort to 'inject broader meaning into porn'
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: This German came to Israel for the history, but fell in love with the desert ■ What it's like to be a young female filmmaker: 'When I get a job, I think that it’s because of how I look'
An examination by TheMarker shows that on some routes, the practice has permitted a high-priced monopoly with Antitrust Authority approval
Right-wing lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich calls Reform movement ‘a bunch of trolls’ after their campaign is rejected from being hung at Ben-Gurion Airport
The two headed a group of 27 entering Israel as tourists, but authorities said they had other plans and 'did not reveal the real reason for their arrival'
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An American-Israeli marketing exec describes selling the Israeli dream to investors ■ A scientist travels from France to Israel to be alone in the desert
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: A Jewish youth movement counselor visiting from Argentina says Israel is as great as he was always told ■ Israeli couple explain what they love about Budapest
If the country is deporting teenage asylum seekers into oblivion, why be surprised if it does the same to a dark-skinned Colombian girl?
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An Israeli who moved to the U.S. because he couldn't stand the politics, and a Hungarian who moved to Israel for love
Lines could get bad at Passover for understaffed border control officers at Ben-Gurion International Airport