The approved program allows the airport to build a Level A or Level B hotel in accordance with Tourism Ministry definitions, which will include hundreds of hotels built in a modular manner in order to facilitate and shorten the construction process.
The IAA said in a statement that "hotels at airports are a customary service offered to the public of passengers, businesspeople, airlines crews and tourist groups at many airports around the world. This service is part of an array of additional services related to the airport's management and operation.
Simulation of Ben-Gurion Airport hotel
"The construction of a hotel at Ben-Gurion Airport caters to the tourist needs of a segment of users whose needs in terms of airport services have not been met so far – the segment of businesspeople, who will arrive in Israel for a short visit to participate in a conference or event, and fly back in order to make efficient use of their time."
Contractor to decide on hotel's facilities
The contractor who wins the bid to plan the hotel will decide on it size, level and facilities and will cover all planning and construction costs, as well as the costs of management, operation and maintenance.
The hotel will be built near Terminal 3, allowing direct access to the passenger hall and terminal. It is still unclear when its construction will begin.
IAA officials hope that the hotel's strategic location, near the terminal and between Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, will help attract a variety of businesspeople, flight crews and tourists, as well as passengers whose flights have been delayed.
Israel Airports Authority CEO Yaakov Ganot noted that "the Ben-Gurion Airport hotel construction project will put Ben-Gurion Airport in the same league as the world's leading airports which have their own hotel."