Ben Gurion International Airport
Ben Gurion International Airport has served as the primary gateway to Israel since the 1930s. In October 2004, construction on Terminal 3 was completed, moving all major international airlines and flights into the new building. In 2007, Terminal 1, formerly the airport’s main terminal, reopened as Ben Gurion’s domestic wing and reception hall for special chartered immigrant arrival flights.
Close to 80 airlines operate out of Ben Gurion International Airport, including international carriers such as British Airways, Delta Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Alitalia and Iberia in addition to El Al Israel Airlines (Israel's official carrier). In 2009, Airports Council International named Ben Gurion International Airport the best airport in the Middle East.
Ben Gurion International Airport is located near Lod, a city just 20 minutes outside of Tel Aviv and 45 minutes' drive from Jerusalem. The airport can be reached by train, with a rail stop directly accessible from the building’s lower level. Public bus lines, car rental services and private taxicabs are all available outside the Arrivals Hall.
The main terminal building features a wide variety of duty free shops, a synagogue and special spaces to provide privacy for mothers with young babies as well as a variety of stores, services and restaurants.
Ben Gurion International Airport is located within the Airport City complex, a large commercial and business center featuring office space, conference facilities, and industrial areas. To date, many restaurants, shops and entertainment opportunities have opened up in Airport City to service business travelers and the many hi-tech and international companies based in the area. The "Avenue" Conference and Events Center can host receptions with up to 3000 guests or conference rooms holding up to 300; the center is equipped with all modern technological necessities for any top-notch convention or special event.