Ben Gurion Airport Braces for 1.7 Million Travelers

YERUSHALAYIM -
Passengers tuck their suitcases into overhead compartments before taking off to Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh Hashanah in 2013. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Passengers tuck their suitcases into overhead compartments before taking off to Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh Hashanah in 2013.
(Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

The Israel Airports Authority is bracing for some 1.7 million travelers to pass through its gates during the chagim, an increase of 8 percent over the same time last year, according to Globes.

A significant portion of the passengers — over 30,000 — will be on their way to Uman, in the Ukraine, to spend Rosh Hashanah at the kever of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

Automatic gates for holders of biometric passports have been installed, and the airport management hopes they will help speed up entries and keep waits to a minimum.

The Airports Authority noted that on October 11, the day before Yom Kippur, traffic at Ben Gurion Airport will come to a halt well before the fast begins. The last landing will be at 1:30 p.m., and the last takeoff will be at 1:55 p.m.

Flights will be renewed on October 12, with the first incoming flight at 10:30 p.m. and the first takeoff at 11:30 p.m.