Record 1.3 million passengers travel through Ben-Gurion Airport during Passover

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A record 1.3 million passengers passed through Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on more than 8,200 flights during the Passover holiday, a 30-percent increase from 2013.

Terminal 3 at Ben-Gurion Airport. Credit: Vladislav Bezrukov via Wikimedia Commons.

Turkey was the top destination, with 107,464 passengers traveling there from Israel. The U.S. came in second, with 82,538 visitors from Israel, followed by Italy (68,007), Germany (67,587), and France (65,590).

Shmuel Zakai, the director of the airport, said the increase in the number of travelers to Europe was due to the implementation of the “Open Skies” agreement signed by Israel with the European Union (EU), which allows for more flights and cheaper prices between the Jewish stare and EU countries.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .