Airport Hits Record in First Half of 2006

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

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.

Domestic air travel also rose 11.4 percent in the first half of year, while the number of transit passengers grew by 31.2 percent.