Ben Gurion Airport to undergo £200m expansion to meet record tourist figures
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Ben Gurion Airport to undergo £200m expansion to meet record tourist figures

Israel's main international hub to increase the size of it's terminal for overseas travellers with 88 new check in desks

Ben Gurion airport
Ben Gurion airport

Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport will undertake a major expansion at a cost of 1 billion shekels, or £203m ($280m), in order to meet the demand of a record number of tourists.

The 388,000-square-foot expansion of the terminal for overseas travellers will take place on four levels and include 88 new check-in counters.

The airport is expecting a record number of individual arrivals and departures in 2019 — more than 25 million. There were some 20.8 million entries and exits in 2017.

As a stopgap measure to relieve congestion during the busy summer travel season, the airport plans to set up 25 temporary service counters in a structure adjacent to the overseas terminal building.

This summer, a number of mostly European low-cost airlines reportedly are planning to start service to Ben Gurion, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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