Airports in Israel

Want to know a bit about airports in Israel? You should, you will need to pass through (at least) one in your travels...

Although Israel is quite small it has a lot of traffic in and out of the country. There are several airports but only a few of these handle international flights. All airports are managed by the Israel Airports Authority.


Ben Gurion Airport

Named after David Ben Gurion – Israel’s first prime minister - This is the largest and by far the busiest international airport in Israel. Almost all international flights arrive and depart from this airport – so if you plan to arrive to Israel you will most likely land here.

In 2008 over 11.5 million passengers passed into and out of Israel through this airport – which is referred to by Israelis as NATBAG (pronounced nutbug - the airport's acronym in Hebrew). Ben Gurion airport is very close to Tel Aviv – only 15km (9 miles) southeast, but is actually much closer to the city of Lod. But it is known as the Tel Aviv airport. The airport has 3 runways.

In 2006 the airport came in 1st among 40 European airports in a survey done to determine the most customer-friendly airport. It was also named the best airport in the Middle East. Not to mention the duty free shops which are really good - above and beyond all your expectations. Another fact that might be of interest to you is that Ben Gurion Airport is one of the most secure airports in the world.

Ovda Airport

This is Israel’s second international airport – however it is much smaller than Ben Gurion and handles very little traffic. It is located in the southern part of Israel about 60km (40 miles) north of Eilat.

Ovda Airport is due to cease handling civilian traffic in 2015-2016 when the new international airport, called the Ramon Airport, will become operational. The Ramon Airport will be located in Timna, about 18 kilometers (11 miles) north of the city of Eilat.

Eilat Airport

A small airport in the city of Eilat. This airport takes care of domestic flights especially from Tel Aviv and northern Israel. It is expected to close around 2015 (or maybe even earlier) when the new international Ramon Airport will be open nearby.

Haifa Airport

Located in (surprise!) Haifa in the north of the country, this airport deals with domestic flights and also international flights. The international flights are mainly to nearby destinations such as Jordan, Greece and Turkey.

Other than the above airports there are several other smaller airports in Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Rosh Pina and other places.

Thanks for checking out this page! I hope you will enjoy your flight when you arrive to or depart from one of the airports in Israel.





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