As Israel’s main international airport, the Ben Gurion Airport serves as the main gateway into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem metropolitan areas. It was named after the country’s first Prime Minister and is today considered one of the safest airports in the world, thanks to a security force comprising of Israeli Police Officers, Israel Defence Forces and Israel Border Police. The airport consists of two terminals – Terminal 1, which handles domestic flights, and Terminal 3 which handles international flights from around the world. Travellers can move between terminals via the complimentary airport shuttle bus service, which operates 24 hours a day.
Travellers who are flying with El Al Airlines may use the King David Lounge, located in Terminal 3. Lounge facilities include internet access as well as computers for those who do not have their own electronic devices. Up-to-date newspapers and magazines are provided for visitors’ reading pleasure. Besides the King David Lounge, there are other airline lounges with perks such as complimentary food and beverages served throughout the day, comfortable rest and working areas, as well as televisions screening news and entertainment channels. Passengers at the airport will be pleased to know that there’s free Wi-Fi as wekk. They can connect to the Wi-Fi network via their mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices.
The airport is a wheelchair-friendly zone, so handicapped travellers may move around the airport with the ramps, railings and lifts to assist them. There are disabled toilets for their convenience and telephone booths which have been adjusted to a lower height, so that wheelchair-bound passengers may use them easily. Staff members are also available to provide assistance if necessary.
Some banks within the airport are open 24 hours a day, and there are ATM machines if travellers are short of cash. There are also money changers to provide foreign currency exchange services. Additionally, there is a post office if travellers need to drop off a last-minute letter or parcel, and stamps may be purchased at the newsagent.
There are plenty of food options at the Ben Gurion airport, such as restaurants serving local and international cuisine, cafes for travellers to sit and have a drink, or they could head to fast-food outlets for a grab-and-go meal. Duty-free shopping is also available, where you can purchase tax-free cigarettes, liquor and perfume. Other retail outlets provide a wide selection of goods such as books and magazines, games and toys, clothing, bags, and shoes.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 25 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Ben Gurion Airport website for the latest update of the following information.