How many years elapse between the opening of a new airport and its first major expansion? Fourteen, if it’s Ben-Gurion, Israel’s busiest airport.
Its main terminal, opened in 2004, was designed to handle 10 million passengers a year. But in 2017, Ben-Gurion put through double that number. Not surprisingly, the airport is bracing for more passengers — 30 million, to be exact, by 2022.
Check-in at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport
So, Israel Airports Authority, Ben-Gurion’s parent, is whipping out its check book, earmarking US$1.4 billion for upgrading. Not only will it add 86 check-in stations, but it will build more stations for self check-in. It will also add six more screening machines, eight passenger boarding bridges and two shuttle gates. And, to handle more planes, the airport will expand the runway apron.