Israel Airports Authority is set to invest ILS1bn ($281m) to expand Terminal 3 in Ben-Gurion International Airport to serve the gradually increasing number of passengers.
The expansion will add 36,000m² of space in the four-story terminal, reported Haaretz.com.
The new baggage screening system, which can check passenger luggage automatically, will also be placed at this terminal.
Following the upgrade works, an additional 56 check-in counters will be provided on level one, with a further 32 on a lower level of the terminal.
A large temporary structure is scheduled to be opened next month in the interim to manage passenger congestion, with the airport estimated to see an increase of almost 14% in international flights this year.
The planned expansion is expected to reduce the load on the general check-in area and help provide better services to the passengers.
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Ben-Gurion International Airport manages nearly 90% of the total international passengers in the country, as reported Jpost.com.
Last February, a new passenger wing was opened comprising eight additional plane exit gates and four bus exit gates. It is capable of managing around 1,800 passengers per hour.
In the 1990’s, Israel Airports Authority, along with the Minister of Transport, decided to build Terminal 3 because of the significant increase in passenger traffic which could not be managed by the old Terminal 1.
Ben Gurion Airport is situated nearly 40 km from Jerusalem and 15 km from Tel Aviv.
It comprises two main terminals: Terminal 1 for domestic and low-cost international flights and Terminal 3 for international flights.