Airports Authority Revives Plan for Private Jet Terminal

The Israel Airports Authority has revived its plan to build a new terminal for private planes and executive jets at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Yesterday was the deadline to submit bids to plan the terminal.

The original tender was issued in January 2008, but after several delays, Airports Authority Director General Kobi Mor decided to suspend the project in August 2008 "in order to reevaluate the need for the service, weighed against the enormous resources required for safety-related projects."

Building the terminal will cost an estimated NIS 10 million.

The need has been justified by citing increasing demand for business jets and private jets. In 2007, there was a 28% annual increase in private flights passing through Ben-Gurion.

Under the original tender, the 1,000-square-meter terminal would have been built next to the old one (Terminal 1), and the tender winner would operate the terminal for six years.

AnAirports Authority spokesman said the current tender is for planning the terminal, after which a decision will be made on how to proceed.