The Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel is preparing for a summer of record-breaking traffic.
According to the Israel Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety, more than 5.5 million travelers will pass through Israel between July and August 2023.
The busiest summer season in Israel is projected to surpass records set in 2019, before the global economic crisis, and Israel’s airport’s authority is preparing for it.
The airport is anticipated to see 2.7 million passengers on foreign flights in July, up 4% from the previous high set in 2019 and 2.8 million passengers in August.
The IAA has taken several actions to get ready for the summer, including hiring a lot of people, bolstering every aspect of passenger service—from the security check to boarding the plane—placing dedicated baggage handlers for handling problems on the spot, and having management fully present in the field.
In addition, an airport authority team will assist families with children during the security check, and a “family patrol” will run in the passenger halls. Children’s families can send one representative to the check-in counters while the rest of the family waits at one of the terminal’s cafes.
A quick check-in process is available to passengers who have pre-registered for the trip (online check-in) and are only traveling with hand luggage.
Advanced self-service stations have been constructed for passenger service, enabling self-issuance of the bag’s destination tag (a “Bag Tag”) and the speedy dispatch of the suitcase directly into the aircraft without the need to queue up and check in at the counter.