The Israel Airports Authority is in the midst of a revolution regarding infrastructures and security in civil aviation in Israel, due to a steady increase in passenger traffic at Ben Gurion Airport.
The Israel Airports Authority's board has approved the building of the fourth concourse of terminal 3 in order to enable the implementation of the Israeli Government's decision regarding the open skies agreement and due to the increase in traffic of passengers and aircraft at Ben Gurion Airport. These two factors require an impressive input of resources and re-planning for the airport.
This year over fourteen million passengers will travel via Ben Gurion Airport on international and domestic flights. The Israel Airports Authority has authorized the construction of Concourse E at Ben Gurion Airport, in order to address the expected increase in passenger traffic. "The Fourth Concourse" will be planned similar to the existing concourses at Ben Gurion Airport (B,C,D), with a structure consisting of eight air bridges for boarding and disembarkation, three of which are suitable for wide-bodied aircraft, including two bridges for simultaneous boarding and disembarkation of large aircraft such as the Airbus 380 and others.
In accordance with the construction plan and the national outline plan requirements, the concourse will be built on an area of 17,000m², with two o bus gates, 5 remote parking stands for wide-body aircraft or seven for narrow-body ones. In addition, a passenger lounge, coffee shops, shops will be built and the concourse will include elevators for assisted passengers with a connection to the ambulift device for wheel chair passengers.
The fourth conocurse will not only adapt the current capacity of the airport to the increase in passenger traffic in the past few years, but it will also enable further increases in traffic in the future. According to forecasts, in 2018, 17 million passengers will travel via Ben Gurion Airport and the overall traffic for 2019-2020 is also predicted to exceed 16 million passengers.
Trends in international and domestic aviation:
Implementation of the government's decision to close Dov Hoz Airport and transfer
commercial activity to Ben Gurion Airport.
Implementation of the open skies policy - increasing the demand for flights.
Increase in demand for low-cost airlines.
Mechanizing the arriving and departing passenger processes (including security).
A constant increase in passenger and aircraft traffic.
The additions in infrastructure include:
8 parking stands for wide-body aircraft or 12 stands for narrow-bodied ones.
Construction of the E concourse - the fourth concourse.
Addition of 25 baggage sorting bins.
Feed lines for luggage.
Paving a taxiway for planes on the west side and for A-380 aircraft at the north east and
north eest sectors.
Addition of aircraft parking stands.
Electricity, fueling and air-conditioning.
An aircraft guidance system.
An operational area for storage.