Ben Gurion Hits Record for Passenger Traffic

Over 4 million passengers in the first half of 2006

Traffic at Ben-Gurion International Airport broke the 4-million passenger barrier in the first half of 2006.

The number of international passengers, both Israeli and foreign, reached 4.1 million, up 12 percent in the first six months of the year compared to the 3.7 million passengers in the parallel period. While May traffic dropped slightly, the upward trend returned in June, and the high season is still ahead.

The number of flights during that period also increased by 11 percent, from 28,300 in 2005 to 32,000 this year.

Domestic air travel rose as well, showing an increase of 11.4 percent in the first half of year, while the number of transit passengers grew by 31.2 percent.