Israel lockdown: Ben Gurion Airport to remain open

16 September 2020 (Last Updated September 16th, 2020 14:12)

The Ben Gurion International Airport, the main airport of Israel, will remain open during the upcoming lockdown in the country.

Israel lockdown: Ben Gurion Airport to remain open
Aerial view of Ben Gurion International Airport. Credit: Bahnfrend.

Ben Gurion International Airport, the main airport of Israel, will remain open during the country’s upcoming lockdown.

The decision was taken following a ministerial meeting where it was decided that previously approved flights will be allowed to operate adhering to the guidelines.

However, no new flights will be approved during the three-week-long national lockdown.

During the lockdown, passengers with valid tickets will be allowed to travel to the airport. They can board the flight following Covid-19 testing.

Similarly, travellers arriving in the country will be allowed to enter in accordance with established protocols.

Recently, daily Covid-19 infections surged in the country, prompting the government to impose a three-week nationwide lockdown starting this Friday.

The lockdown, which comes during a Jewish holiday season, requires people to stay within 500m of their houses. Schools and malls will remain closed while workplaces will operate with fewer staff. Supermarkets and pharmacies will stay open during the period.

Israel has confirmed more than 166,000 Covid-19 cases, as of 16 September. The death toll in the country has crossed 1,140.

In another development, Saudi Arabia partially resumed international flight operations.

According to Saudi Gazette, the authorities allowed certain categories of Saudis and expatriates for international travel.

The arriving passengers can enter the country after presenting proof of a negative PCR test. In addition, they will remain in mandatory home quarantine for three days and will undergo another PCR test after 48 hours.

The disease has infected more than 326,000 people in Saudi Arabia and killed more than 4,300.