Ben Gurion Airport to Get Hotel

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
A view of Ben Gurion International Airport from the newly built control tower.  (FLASH90)
A view of Ben Gurion International Airport from the newly built control tower. (FLASH90)

Plans for a new hotel at Ben Gurion Airport have gone forward, as the Airports Authority said it will publish a tender this Thursday, Globes reported.

“The hotel will serve several kinds of passengers: businessmen coming for short periods, airline staff, tourists landing here late at night, and Israelis forced to stay at the hotel because of flight delays,” according to Airports Authority Deputy Director General for Commerce and Business Development Yoram Shapira.

Specifics have yet to be finalized, but the proposal calls for between 140 and 400 rooms, with meeting and event halls, situated on 1.875 acres near Terminal 3.

Shapira added that the hotel would be business-oriented, and would offer services such as meeting and conference rooms, a fitness club, bar, indoor pool and dining room for $100-150 a night. “We don’t want it to be a hotel that costs $800 a night. The price should be worthwhile for everyone,” he said.

The tender will follow the design, build, operate, transfer (DBOT) method.

“The Ben Gurion Airport hotel project will put the airport on the same level as the world’s leading airports, where there is a hotel servicing the passengers,” Shapira said on Monday.