In August, more than 2.8 million passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport, according to data released by the Israel Airports Authority. This figure makes August 2019 the busiest month ever recorded in Ben Gurion Airport. In September, approximately 2.3 million passengers will travel through Ben Gurion Airport on international flights, and a total of 9.98 million passengers are expected to travel in the field until after Tishrei holidays. In October alone - the month of holidays - 2.28 million passengers are expected to travel in the field.
According to data published by the Israel Airports Authority, about 10 million passengers will pass through Ben Gurion Airport after the holidays of Tishrei;
The top destinations in September are Turkey in first place (mainly for connecting flights), Greece, USA, Italy and Russia. On New Year's Eve to be held on 25 September, the pilgrimage of Rabbi Nachman trained - expected to be deployed on 113 flights, which will fly as 23,000 believers.
The busiest day on the departure of artisan followers on their way to Ukraine will apply on Thursday, September 26, with the departure of 9,160 believers on 45 international flights. The peak day in September is Thursday, September 26, when 108,500 passengers will travel on Ben-Gurion Airport on 645 international flights.
Since the beginning of the year, 832,237 passengers have flown out of the field on domestic flights - a considerable decrease of 12% compared to 945,961 passengers in the corresponding period last year, which of course included flights landing in Eilat.
An analysis by airlines shows that in August this year, Arkia will fly 62,497 passengers - a 16% decrease over August last year - so the company did not operate in Ramon Sde.
Israir also dropped significantly in flights - 35,527 passengers traveled to Ramon in August - a 25% decrease over August last year, when the company flew to Eilat. In a cumulative calculation from the beginning of the year compared to last year - before the start of operations at Ramon Airport - Arkia activity decreased by 8.53% and Israir activity decreased by 19%.
Overall, since the beginning of the year, Israeli companies have flown 832,237 domestic flights on domestic flights - a decrease of 12% compared to last year.
In terms of data from Ramon Sadeh with regard to international flights (the first international flight landed at Sde Ramon at the beginning of March) indicates that in practice there has been a decrease in passenger volume since opening. Thus, while in January, February and March, there was a monthly increase in the number of passengers to the airport in Eilat, from April this year it is a decline. In April, only 9,176 passengers arrived in Sde Ramon - an 11% drop compared to April last year. In May, 3,321 passengers arrived - down 23% on last year. In June, there are 276 passengers and even less in August.
Overall, since the beginning of the year, international flights reached 207,179 passengers - a 17% increase over last year - but most of them arrived before the new field opened. Analysis by airlines - Rainair is the queen of flights to the south of the country - with 50,951 passengers since the beginning of the year. Second place was Wizair with 22,637 passengers followed by URAL with 10,097 passengers.