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Ben Gurion Airport (also referred by the Hebrew acronyms "Natbag" or "Namal Hate'ufa Ben-Gurion") is Israel's main international airport for people and freight traffic, and also the largest and the busiest. It is located near the town of Lod, on highway 1, the main Jerusalem - Tel Aviv highway.

Ben Gurion Airport is considered one of the most secured airports in the world, since the airport has been a target of several terrorist attacks. The airport's security force includes police officers, IDF soldiers and Israel Border Police. However, no attempt to hijack a plane departing from the airport has succeeded.

The airport was built in 1936 during the British Mandatory Palestine, and began as an airstrip of four concrete runways near of the town of Lod. Historically known as Wilhelma Airport, its name was changed to Lod Airport with the creation of Israel in 1948, it was later renamed to Ben Gurion International Airport in 1973 in honor of Israel's first Prime Minister- David Ben Gurion.

Today, it handles more than 14 million passengers every year. El-Al, Israir and Arkia Airlines all use Ben Gurion as a hub, but there are also many other European and North American airlines that offer flights to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Ben Gurion Airport comprises four levels: Level 3 is used for departures; the travelers arrive directly to this level. Level 2 is used for public transportation. Level G is used for incoming and outgoing travelers. This level hosts the reception hall. Level S hosts the train station. It also holds 4 large passenger terminals. Terminal 3 is the main international gateway to and from Israel, replaced Terminal 1.

The ground transportation of Ben Gurion Airport is accessible by cars, public buses, taxies and Israel Railways.
Parking spaces are available both for short and long terms. Israel Railways operates train service to and from the airport to certain parts of the country, and taxi stands are located outside the arrivals building.

Services offered by Ben Gurion Airport:

  • Change services - At the airport you can find three branches of banks that provide change services.
  • Car rental – The car rental companies can be found at Terminal 3. They offer a free shuttle to the vehicles' area and a limousine service.
  • Parking lots – Ben Gurion Airport offers various parking lots; short-term parking, long-term parking, parking for subscribed members and more. The parking lots are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Babysitter service – The airport provides games area for children, and nursery room.
  • Religion - There are two synagogues in use in the terminal that serve the public. One is in the Rotunda hall, the other is in the Air Building, in the Rotunda.
  • Duty free – Duty free shopping at Ben Gurion airport is competitively priced with a good selection. Shops are open 24 hours a day and sandwich and coffee bars are available as well.