Tag Archive for Ben Gurion International Airport

British Airways pilot bounces 18 young Brits from plane after bomb threat

After the British Airways captain at Ben Gurion Airport refused to allow the 18 rowdy British youths fly on to London when one of them threatened to blow up the aircraft, an Israeli security team was dispatched. 

By Arutz Sheva Staff


18 British youths were taken off a British Airways flight from Israel to London after the captain refused to fly them when one of them threatened to blow up the aircraft.

The participants participated in a private event in Israel. After boarding the plane, one of them announced that he would blow up the plane.

Aerial view of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport – Photo: Wikimedia,Chris Hoare

The captain updated the management of the British airline and was instructed to take the youths off the plane. Continue Reading »

Omar Barghouti, BDS founder, barred entry into U.S.

BLACKLISTED: Airline staff at Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport told the BDS co-founder that US gov’t officials had directed the Tel Aviv consulate to stop Barghouti from boarding his flight based on an “immigration matter.”

By i24NEWS


Omar Barghouti, — a co-founder of the international movement calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel — was unable to board a flight to the United States on Thursday after reportedly being told he was being denied entry based on an “immigration matter.”

Barghouti was travelling from Israel, where he lives as a permanent resident with his wife, an Arab-Israeli citizen. Continue Reading »

Air India makes historic first commercial trans-Saudi airspace flight to Israel

As Air India Flight AI139 rolled to a halt at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said,”This is a historic moment,” recognizing Saudi Arabia’s first official pro-Israel agreement.



Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state.

Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT.

An Air India Boeing 777-300ER  – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“This is a historic moment,” Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. Continue Reading »

Air Force One, Black Hawks and C-17s transports headed to Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport


Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport is preparing for the US president on Monday with 40 transport planes scheduled to arrive Thursday carrying Black Hawk helicopters and a limousine nicknamed, ‘The Beast.’

By Itay Blumental


The Israel Airports Authority and the Defense Ministry are preparing for a reception for Donald Trump on Monday, when two Air Force One planes will be landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Air Force One at Ben Gurion Airport – Facebook

An American convoy in charge of the airport ceremony arrived at the airport on Wednesday morning, and on Thursday afternoon, some 40 US Army transport planes are expected to arrive. Continue Reading »

Israeli immigration officials apologized to American activist after airport questioning


A Jewish, senior executive of the New Israel Fund, an American organization that funds left-wing groups such as B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence, was interviewed for an hour upon her arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.

By Associated Press


Israeli immigration officials on Thursday apologized over their treatment of a senior executive from a liberal Jewish-American group who was interrogated for an hour on her arrival in Tel Aviv the previous day.

Jennifer Gorovitz, a vice president of the New Israel Fund, said she was questioned about her nonprofit group’s activities. The New Israel Fund supports a number of liberal, progressive groups in Israel, some of which have been criticized by the Israeli government. Continue Reading »

Irish airline Ryanair begins 7 new Europe to Israel routes starting at $22


Expanding services to Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport, low-cost Ryanair airline boosts operations in Israel with tickets as low as $22.
• Tourism minister: Reduce ticket costs will promote tourism from  new routes including Warsaw, Budapest, Milan and Baden-Baden.

By Ilan Gattegno


Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair officially released their new flight schedule for the current winter season on Wednesday, with 19 regular routes to Israel. Seven new routes will service Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and eight new destinations will join the four existing routes servicing Eilat’s Ovda Airport, which fly to Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Kaunas.

Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport, terminal 3 reception hall.

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UK officials to visit Tel Aviv airport to assess Israel’s ‘ring of steel’ security regime for Heathrow


A British Times report on seriously lacking security measures at London’s Heathrow Airport was revealed after a senior Israeli intel officer identified European transportation hubs as easy targets for terrorist attacks.



Amid warnings of a fresh campaign of ISIS terror attacks, Heathrow Airport in London is reportedly considering the implementation of a new security mechanism that is employed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport.

An armed policeman patrols Heathrow Airport, London. – Photo:REUTERS

According to a British Times report Sunday, the initiative – dubbed “ring of steel” – would see the deployment of plainclothes security personnel throughout one of Europe’s busiest travel hubs. Continue Reading »

Israel opens yearlong exhibition celebrating its ingenuity & innovation at Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport


Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport begins to showcase 60 Israeli achievements in medicine, agriculture, science & technology to millions of travelers visiting the Jewish State.

By Ilan Gattegno


A year-long wall exhibition featuring 60 celebrated Israeli innovations was to be launched on Monday at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz were expected to attend the opening ceremony.

Israeli innovations are showcased in a new exhibition at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Pictured: an Israeli device to help the disabled walk – Photo: Kerim Okten

The exhibition will be displayed along a large wall just after passport control, with the goal of introducing Israeli science and leading innovators to the 8 million travelers who pass through the airport annually. Continue Reading »

Israel Customs At Airport Shocked to Find Corpse in Unclaimed Package




Customs workers at Ben-Gurion Airport were astounded to open an unclaimed package there on Tuesday and find a woman’s corpse inside.

An El Al Boeing 777 aircraft is seen at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport – Photo: NIR ELIAS/REUTERS/IDF SPOKESMAN

Foreign Minister spokesman Alon Lavi said that the package arrived Tuesday morning on an Aeroflot flight from Russia. There was no accompanying paperwork with the body identifying the deceased, or the person who sent the “package,”  or any of the necessary permits needed for burial. Continue Reading »

Scandinavian Airlines to End Flights to Israel


Citing financial concerns and political instability, Scandinavian Airlines announced it will halt their flights to Tel Aviv as of March 2016.

By Reut Hadar


Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced on Monday it would be stopping its flights to Israel, citing “political instability” as being behind the decision.

Scandinavian Airlines airplane – Photo: Reuters

In addition to flights to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, the airline also announced it would no longer include Moscow and Ankara among its destinations either.

Flights from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv will cease in March of 2016, the airline announced, a little more than three years after Scandinavian Airlines launched its flight to Israel. Continue Reading »

Israelis put politics aside making Turkey their top destination in July

Despite Ankara’s years of anti-Israel rhetoric, Israel Airports Authority’s data show 172,507 passengers traveled on Israel-Turkey route in July, a 30% increase from last year.

By Danny Sadeh


Despite the chilly relations in the diplomatic arena, Turkey has become the most active destination for flights from Israel, according to an Israel Airports Authority (IAA) summary of the month of July, which was released Monday.

Antalya. Are Israelis returning to Turkey’s holiday resorts? – Photo: Ilan Halperin

The United States, which has been the most active destination of direct flights from Israel for years, fell to the third place, while Greece went up to the second place.

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Israel’s Shin Bet Nabs Hezbollah Recruiter at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport

Cleared for publication: Swedish-Lebanese citizen that was recruited by Hezbollah to enlist Palestinian Arabs to gather intelligence for them, was arrested upon entry into Israel by the Shin Bet.

By Uzi Baruch


A Swedish citizen of Lebanese descent was arrested after a joint investigation from the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and the Lahav 433 anti-fraud unity last month, it was cleared for publication Sunday, in light of concerns that the citizen may have been working with Hezbollah.

Pro-Hezbollah rally – Reuters

Hassan Khalil Hizran, 55, was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival in Israel. In his interrogation, he admitted recruiting for Hezbollah and agreeing to cooperate with them. Continue Reading »

Unsuspecting Arabs Diverted to Israel As Massive Sand Storm Engulfs Amman Airport

Strong winds & extreme heat caused near blackout conditions in Jordan as massive sandstorm whipped across the Jordanian desert forcing flights to Amman diverted to the Jewish State.

By Itay Blumental & Roi Kais


The extreme heat felt throughout Israel on Sunday is affecting the entire region as a whole, with one of the weather’s hardest hit victims being Israel’s neighbor to the East, Jordan.

The massive sand storm engulfs Amman’s airport

The strong winds whipping across the kingdom’s desert plains caused massive sand storms, forcing changes in the country’s air traffic patterns.

The storm prevented flights from landing at Amman International Airport, sending two Royal Jordanian flights to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. Continue Reading »

Quick Entry Into Israel Using Biometric Passport Stands at Ben-Gurion Airport

Goodbye, long lines: 17 Biometric Passport Stands at Israel’s largest airport to motivate citizens to change their current ID system over to biometric.

By Tova Dvorin


Israel took another step toward biometric identification on Wednesday, introducing 17 biometric passport stands to the Passport Control section of Ben-Gurion airport, according to Channel 10.

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) uses new biometric passport system – Screenshot

Four stations already were in place as part of a pilot study for the program, which waives the long lines at Passport Control and allows Israelis and tourists to pass instead via a facial recognition system. Continue Reading »

Israel NGO Charges Hamas With War Crimes in US Federal Court

Shurat HaDin files formal complaint to US Justice Department targeting both Hamas leaders and the heads of launching cells that fired missiles at Israels Ben Gurion Int’l Airport during ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

By Itamar Eichner


Hamas could face war crimes charges in the United States, as 26 US citizens plan to file a complaint with the US Department of Justice on Tuesday for the Palestinian Islamist group’s actions during the Gaza conflict last summer.

A sign pointing the way to bomb shelters at Ben Gurion Airport during Operation Protective Edge – Photo: AFP

The complaint focuses on Palestinian missile attacks that targeted Ben-Gurion International Airport. Continue Reading »