Israel’s Transportation Ministry recently approved a major expansion plan for the country’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, according to which approximately 860,000 square feet of floor space will be added, along with four additional conveyor belts for luggage and 90 new check-in counters.
The airport will be able to handle increased air traffic after the $840 million renovations, and its border control, parking and duty free areas will also be expanded.
In anticipation of record numbers of travelers this summer — over 25 million, up from 23 million this year — the airport is already planning to set up 25 temporary service counters.
The last time Ben-Gurion Airport underwent major renovations was in 2004, with the opening of Terminal 3, the airport’s primary passenger terminal. The project took four years to complete, at a cost of $1 billion.