The international passenger traffic this year stood at 4,456,626 passengers and represents a decrease of 81.45% compared to 2019. What was the preferred destination to which the passengers flew?
Samuel is entitled, Ben Gurion International Airport Director sums up the year 2020: “In 2020 we experienced a global crisis of the outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID 19) which caused severe damage to the world of aviation and tourism. The volume of international passenger and aircraft traffic decreased by about 81% this year compared to 2019 and amounted to 4.45 million passengers, most of the traffic passed in January-March.
The processes at Ben Gurion Airport were affected by the regulatory restrictions, including the formulation of the blue mark, which means restrictions on social distance, rules and restrictions on behavior and hygiene. Traffic from / to the countries was restricted from time to time, as well as restrictions on entry into Israel and the destination countries, a ban on foreign arrivals and more.
Outlines have been formulated for entry from green countries and entry from red countries and the application of an isolation obligation on those entering from certain countries. Ben Gurion Airport was conducted through Omega to perform PCR tests for the incoming and outgoing passengers and adjusted the processes at the service stations in accordance with the latest restrictions.
The good news that may lead to an accelerated recovery of passenger and aircraft traffic is a nationwide vaccination campaign among Israeli residents against the COVID-19 corona virus. I hope that with the end of the vaccination campaign, it will be possible to fly Israelis to various destinations and absorb them back to Israel without special restrictions, which will herald the beginning of the recovery of the aviation world in general and airport and commercial activity at Ben Gurion Airport in particular.
International passenger movement
During the year, 4,808,980 passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport in 54,921 aircraft movements on international and domestic flights, representing a decrease of 80.62% and 67.28%, respectively.
International passenger traffic this year stood at 4,456,626 passengers compared to 24,035,670 in 2019 and represents a decrease of 81.45%. International aircraft traffic this year stood at 49,219 movements and represents a decrease of 69.03% compared to 2019.
In the international passenger traffic at Terminal 3, 4,084,870 passengers experienced an 81% decrease this year compared to 2019, in which 21,572,540 passed.
On flights in Terminal 1, 371,756 passengers passed, a decrease of 84% compared to 2019, in which 2,463,130 passengers passed.
In January 2020 (the leading month), 1,583,680 people passed through Ben Gurion Airport, compared with 1,435,735 in 2019, which recorded an increase of 10.30%. April recorded the lowest number of passengers with 9,377 passengers compared to 2,032,433 passengers, a decrease of 99.53%.
On domestic flights, 352,354 passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport this year, compared with 785,727 in 2019, a decrease of 55.15%. Aircraft traffic stood at 5,702 compared to 8,922 in 2019, a decrease of 36.09%.
Israir leads with 188,068 passengers and 53.37% of all passengers compared to 215,579 passengers and 27.43% of all passengers. A decrease of 12.76% compared to 2019.
During the year, Israeli airlines flew 1,167,108 passengers, which constitutes 26.18% of all passengers passing through Ben Gurion Airport, a decrease of 84.14% compared to last year in which 7,362,542 passengers flew, constituting 30.63% of all passengers.
The airlines that have contributed the most to the increase in passenger traffic this year are: EL AL With 906,619 passengers and a total of 20.34% of all passengers, compared to 5,831,656 passengers and a total of 24.26% of all passengers in 2019. A decrease of 84.45%.
Turkish Airlines – with 310,950 passengers and a total of 6.97% of all passengers, compared to 1,170,959 passengers and a total of 4.87% of all passengers in 2019. A decrease of 73.44%.
United Airlines– with 265,747 passengers and a total of 5.96% of all passengers, compared to 682,530 passengers and a total of 2.83% of all passengers in 2019. A decrease of 61.06%.
Popular airports and destinations
The destination with the highest traffic volume, was the airport of Istanbul To and from which 263,643 passengers flew, a decrease of 77.33% compared to 2019, in which 1,163,391 passengers flew. Newark Airport is ranked second with 241,097 passengers, compared to 661,383 passengers in 2019. A decrease of 63.54%.
The country with the highest volume of activity was U.S 529,197 passengers flew to it, constituting 11.87% of the total activity, compared to 1,828,373 in 2019, which constituted 7.60% of the total activity.
Turkey Was second with 514,243 passengers and 11.53% of all passengers, a decrease of 77.88% compared to 2,325,415 passengers in 2019 who accounted for 9.6% of all passengers.
On private flights this year, 16,521 passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport, compared with 21,533 passengers in 2019, which represents a decrease of 23.27%.
During the year, cargo with a total weight of 320,615 tons was transported, a decrease of 8.73% compared to 2019, in which 351,307 tons were transported. Leading cargo airlines: United Airlines, EL AL, Turkish Airlines and-SWISS.
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