ISRAEL - Ben Gurion Airport to Handle 25 Million Plus Passengers

Arno Froese

Ben Gurion Airport, which is currently categorized as a medium-sized airport, and was classed as a small airport only five years ago, is now likely to be included among the world’s large airports. This category consists of airports with passenger traffic in excess of 25 million. The change in Ben Gurion Airport’s category will take effect in 2019 when the number of passengers surpasses 25 million.

According to figures from the Israel Airports Authority, passenger traffic on international flights stopping at Ben Gurion Airport is expected to reach 23 million. The increase in the number of passengers is a result of a rise in the number of airlines operating routes from Israel. This number is now 140, 12 of which began flying to Ben Gurion Airport only in the past year. Airlines are also flying to Ben Gurion Airport from dozens of new locations. For example, 15 airlines are flying from Ben Gurion Airport to destinations in Italy and Greece, 12 airlines to Germany and 10 to France.

The significance of being in the large airport category is mostly arbitrary. Airports are rated by different international bodies for the level of service they provide for passengers, according to the passenger traffic in them.

The level of fees is determined by demand for the airport. It varies from $40 to $70 in large airports, and reaches as much as $100 in airports with strong demand, such as Heathrow Airport in London, which is rated by the airlines as one of the world’s most desirable airports.

For the Airports Authority, preparing for an increase in passenger traffic requires investment and development of the space in the airport. These costs, which are estimated at $5 billion, include added check-in counters, independent positions and exit platforms for airliners.

-www.jpost.com, 24 January 2018

Arno's commentary

Sensational reports almost daily about Israel’s super success are no longer news. Israel defies all logic as a nation: only 70 years old, surrounded by hostile nations, and constantly facing absurd United Nations’ condemnations.

Here we are reminded of the words of Deuteronomy 23:5: “Nevertheless the Lord thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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