Ben Gurion Airport Upgrade Completed

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
An EL AL plane seen during the opening ceremony of the 21st runway at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Thursday. (Bottom) A view of the new 21st runway at the airport inaugurated on Thursday.
An EL AL plane seen during the opening ceremony of the 21st runway at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Thursday. (Bottom) A view of the new 21st runway at the airport inaugurated on Thursday.

Ben Gurion International Airport has completed an extensive runway upgrade project, Globes reported on Thursday.

The Airports Authority invested some 1 billion shekels in paving 15 miles of runway, using more than 1.5 million tons of asphalt, laying 3 million feet of runway lighting cables, 150,000 feet of high-voltage power lines, and 10,000 light fixtures.

The project, which took four years, should result in improved safety by separating inbound and outbound air traffic, until now hampered by traffic control restrictions; to allow simultaneous takeoffs and landings; and to allow for increased air traffic at the airport.

The first plane to land on the new Track 21 was an El Al flight from Rhodes, at 9:25 am. Later, flights from Antalya, Kiev, Burgas landed on it, and a United Airlines flight from New York.