Noam Menashe describes the fascinating history of Israel’s biggest airport and the developments to meet its ever-growing passenger numbers.

An El Al Boeing 747-400 taking off from Ben Gurion Airport.

Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, Ben Gurion Airport has played an important role in the country’s history, such as handling the arrival of huge numbers of Jewish immigrants from all over the world, and has even remained open during wars. It is the only airport that handles scheduled international services and so is the main point of entry for overseas visitors to the Holy Land.


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