Ben Gurion International Airport

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Ben Gurion International Airport (Hebrew: נמל התעופה בן גוריון‎, Nemal HaTe'ūfa Ben Gūryōn, Arabic: مطار بن غوريون الدولي‎, (IATA: TLVICAO: LLBG)), also referred to by its Hebrew acronym Natbag (Hebrew: נתב"ג‎), is the largest and busiest airport in Israel, with 10.9 million passengers in 2009.[1] It was named the best airport in the Middle East by the ACI organisation.[2]

The airport is located near the city of Lod, 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv. It is one of two commercial aviation airports in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, the other being Sde Dov Airport—which is located in Tel Aviv proper and serves mainly domestic flights. Ben Gurion Airport is operated by the Israel Airports Authority, a government-owned corporation that manages all public airports and border crossings in the State of Israel.

Ben Gurion International Airport serves as the home base of El Al, Israir Airlines, Arkia Israel Airlines and Sun d'Or International Airlines. Terminal 3 is used for most international flights, while Terminal 1 is used for all domestic flights.[3] The airport has three runways and is used by commercial, private and military aircraft.

Ben Gurion International Airport is considered one of the world's most secure airports,[4][5] with a security force that includes both police officers and IDF soldiers. Airport security guards operate both in uniform and undercover to maintain a high level of vigilance and detect any possible threats. The airport has been the target of several terrorist attacks, but no attempt to hijack a plane departing from Ben Gurion airport has succeeded.

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