The new runway diagram at Ben Gurion Airport transforms it into a new airport in terms of aviation infrastructure. This is the most significant project in Israeli aviation of the last 60 years.
1. Increase the level of flight safety: At the completion of the upgrade, a safe partition will be
implemented between airplanes taking off on runway 26 to the west and those landing on
runway 21 from the north. The separation will be a significant improvement in flight safety,
while the airspace will be more effectively utilized.
2. Increase the runway capacity at Ben Gurion Airport: Runway 21 will allow a safe and efficient
increase in flight traffic within the same time slot.
3. Upgrade the runway lighting system and adapting the infrastructures.
4. Adapt the runways to Airbus A380 planes.
Based on the FAA representatives’ recommendations and the conclusions drawn from the shutdown of the 12-30 runway, the following was established:
An increase in the length of the 08-26 runway by 403 meters.
Construction of a central transportation runway crossing the runway triangle and acting as an
additional runway, parallel to runway 03-21 and runway 08-26.
Quick and non-quick exits from the 08-26 runway in order to increase the capacity when
activity takes place on this runway as a single runway.
Connection of the K transportation runway to the top of the 08 runway after its elongation.
Suppression of quick exits in the middle of the 12-30 runway.
Construction of a transportation runway as a continuation of the N runway.
Construction of two crossings on the 12-30 runway, one in the middle and one in the west as
a continuation of the exit from runway 26. These crossings reach the K runway and connect
Execution of the renovation of the U transportation runway's course.
Runway 21 has been extended to the south by a kilometer and expanded so that all types of airplanes will be able to land as per traffic and weather conditions, in order to increase flight safety and operational efficiency as well as capacity.
All of the runways at Ben Gurion Airport have been renovated. Quick exit runways and new transportation runways have been paved, end of runway safety areas have been created, runways have been expanded and reinforced to meet the requirements of the highest category of wide airplanes (e.g. Airbus 380) and changes have been made in conformity with the leading international airport safety standards.
On the runways, some of the most advanced lighting systems in existence for international airports today have been installed, while the power stations in the airspace zone have been renovated, expanded and adapted to the standards set in the runway system.
22 kilometers of paved runways
1,000,000 meters of runway lighting cables.
10,000 lighting fixtures.
50,000 meters of high-voltage cable.
Approximately 1,500,000 tons of asphalt and 2,000,000 cubic meters of earthwork.
The project of renovating the runway system which has been described above was completed in March 2014.
The ground aviation at Ben Gurion Airport is now in operation using the new runway infrastructure. This is an impressive and significant national project in the history of aviation in Israel, because it has resulted in an increase in the capacity of flight traffic, and therefore passenger traffic, at this airport and addressed the necessary safety standards required of the Israel Airports Authority for a regional international airport.