At a time when security concerns increasingly play a major role in the decision to travel to a given destination, Israel’s primary airport, Ben Gurion, is rated as the top international airport in terms of security and safety.
The airport, considered one of the safest in the world, has myriad layers of security, only partially visible to the 16 million passengers who pass through each year. No flight leaving the airport has ever been hijacked, and there has not been a terrorist attack at the airport since 1972 when a Japanese Red Army attack ended in a shooting rampage.
Ben Gurion Airport, named after David Ben Gurion, is Israel’s main airport. It is conveniently located just 15km from Tel Aviv and 40 km from Jerusalem. This airfield had humble beginnings back in the 1930’s. In the 1990’s the IAA (Israel Airports Authority) decided that the old Terminal 1 was no longer properly servicing the increasing passenger traffic, and plans for Terminal 3 were born.
Ben Gurion is Israel’s primary international gateway and has two main terminals: Terminal 3 for international flights and Terminal 1 for domestic and low-cost international flights.
Ben Gurion Airport is cutting edge and fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. VIP and special needs services are easily accessible. The safety and security measures implemented at the airport meet the highest global standards and air traffic safety is, inter alia, a top priority at the world’s most secure airport.
The key to Israel’s security success stems from a unique pre-screening process. The security screening begins in the Airport Security Operations Center located near the airport. This center operates around the clock and monitors every flight that enters into Israeli airspace.
Each flight, each passenger, and each member of a flight crew are cleared long before they board a given flight. This pre-screening method not only enhances security measures, but it also streamlines the check-in process where long lines are avoided through the use of this efficient screening method.
Ground transportation solutions abound at this airport. Conveniently located near Highway 1 and Highway 40. There is regular taxi service as well as excellent and inexpensive rail service. Shuttle bus service to Tel Aviv is surprisingly still in its infancy, but most people take advantage of the train service.
The statistics are impressive. The airport’s busiest year so far was 2015: more than 16 million passengers passed through the airport. In 2014 the busiest airlines on international routes were: El Al (4.6 million passengers), Turkish Airlines (694,215), EasyJet (524,500), Arkia (509,737), Lufthansa (384,000), Aeroflot (370,000), United Airlines (357,000), Pegasus (344,000), Alitalia (332,000), And Ukraine International Airlines (320,000).
By Brent J. Mitchell