Long Lines Ahead at Ben Gurion

YERUSHALAYIM -
A passenger waiting by his luggage in the departure hall at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. (Flash90)
A passenger waiting by his luggage in the departure hall at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. (Flash90)

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has put travelers on notice that this summer’s traffic at Ben Gurion airport is likely to be unusually heavy, and they should expect long lines before boarding, Globes said on Sunday.

The IAA saaid that ground crews have been expanded to cope with the vacation surge, and it will deploy a 250-person security staff to provide service to passengers.

Airport director general Shmuel Zakai said, “I ask passengers to begin the vacation at home; checking-in at home will save you time. Prepare a biometric card, which will enable quick passage through border control and leave you with time to spend at the Duty Free. We prepared for a loaded summer and I ask the public to have a little patience.”

The IAA estimates that over four million passengers will pass through the airport in the coming months, about 85,000 per day, some 1.8 million in July and over 2 million in August.