A record-breaking 108,000 passengers passed through the Ben Gurion Airport last Thursday, the Israel Airports Authority said.
This Thursday, which was the last “big” weekend for this summer’s holiday season, some 105,000 people were scheduled to fly on thousands of international flights in and out of the airport.
While the first days of September are expected to be less busy, September 6 is expected to see the airport packed once again as some 105,000 people fly in and out of Israel ahead of Rosh HaShana.
According to the Israel Airports Authority, over the course of the summer, about 5 million passengers will have passed through the airport—around 300,000 more than the the same period last year.
Last July, a 10.6 percent passenger increase was registered in Ben Gurion Airport in comparison to July 2017.
In order to ease the burden on passport control facilities when passengers exit Israel, the Administration of Border Crossings, Population and Immigration allows travellers to use the biometric “Kiosks”, that can now also read regular, non biometric passports by scanning a code and photographing the passport's front page.
This arrangement is, however, only available for Israeli passport holders, since tourists are also questioned when passing through passport control.