Charles De Gaulle, a Favorite Destination for Israelis

Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was the most common destination for passengers from Ben-Gurion Airport in May this year.

The country with the largest number of passengers for the month was the U.S., according to the Israel Airports Authority (IAA).

It says that 56,071 passengers flew to the French airport in May from Ben-Gurion, down 1.2 percent from a year earlier.

The U.S. saw 118,591 passengers arriving from Ben-Gurion, which made up 14 percent of all the Israeli airport's traffic for the month of May.

The IAA figures also show that international passenger traffic - tourists and Israelis, both arriving and departing - is continuing to grow this year.

In May there was a 9.6 percent increase in passengers and a 4.5 percent rise in the number of international flights from the same period a year ago.

A total of 848,000 passengers passed through Ben-Gurion in May on 6,103 flights.

This makes 3.5 million international passengers from the beginning of 2007 to the end of May, compared with 3.3 million during the same period last year - a rise of 6.6 percent.

Total flights rose 7.5 percent to 27,733 since the start of January.