Ben Gurion Airport, named after David Ben Gurion, is Israel's main airport. It is located at the heart of the country, around 40 km from Jerusalem and 15 km from Tel Aviv. The Airport has its origins in the 1930's. The Israel Airports Authority was established in the late 1970's as a statutory corporation, and the airport has evolved and prospered ever since, with passenger and air traffic figures constantly rising. In the 1990's the IAA recognized the fact that the old Terminal 1 was no longer capable of handling the increasing passenger traffic, and a joint decision was made with the Minister of Transport to build a new terminal with higher capacity - Terminal 3.
The Airport is Israel's gateway, and as such it serves its citizens who fly all over the world, as well as foreigners who visit the country.
The Airport has two main terminals: Terminal 3 for international flights and Terminal 1 for domestic and low-cost international flights.
Ben Gurion Airport is a modern airport, equipped with state-of-the-art technological installations and operational facilities that meet international standards. The Airport is accessible to disabled passengers and provides passenger service and special VIP services at the highest level. The safety and security measures implemented at the Airport meet the highest global standards and air traffic safety is top priority.
Airport Organizational Structure
The Director General of Ben Gurion Airport is the senior manager and conducts the operational activity at the Airport.
Ben Gurion Airport is run by four central divisions that are subordinate to the Director General:
Ground Operations Division:
The Division consists of four main departments that coordinate most of the Airport's routine
activity and core services as well as in times of emergency.
Ground Operations Department
Ground Services Department
Baggage and Cargo Handling Department
Equipment Coordinators and Operators Department
The Division is responsible for the maintenance of the equipment, buildings and mechanical
systems at Ben Gurion Airport, domestic airports and border crossings.
Passenger Service Division:
The Division is responsible for the service and maintenance of terminal facilities, including
cleaning terminal halls and toilets, information, public relations, taxi and shuttle transport
services and more.
The Division is responsible for all matters regarding the security of passenger and air traffic
at the Airport. The Division has a strict structure, and is divided into units responsible for
specific issues, that encompass the entire field of personal and general security measures
at the Airport, both visible and concealed, including security checks of hand luggage and
checked baggage, spatial protection of the Airport peripheral area, protection within
passenger terminals and more.