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About Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Gurion Tel Aviv Airport Inside

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Ben Gurion Airport is an international airport just outside of the city Lod, Israel. Lod is located 12 miles southeast of the country's capital, Tel Aviv. Therefore, some people refer to Ben Gurion Airport as Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport.

The airport is mainly used to facilitate international flights across Europe, Asia, North America and South America. However, there is a small number of domestic flights from the airport too.

Ben Gurion Airport is a hub for El Al Israel Airlines, Israir Airlines, Arkia and Sun D'or.

The airport was built in 1936 and has many rebuildings and renovations, most notably with the four terminal buildings that have existed at the airport. As of today, two of those terminal buildings are still being used for commercial flights.

What is the airport code for Ben Gurion Airport?

The airport code for Ben Gurion Airport is TLV.

Airport Location

Ben Gurion Airport is located just outside the city of Lod, Israel. Lod is 12 miles away from Tel Aviv. It's normally around a 30-minute drive from the airport to Tel Aviv. However, it can take up to one hour at busy times of the day.


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Ben Gurion Airport is regarded as one of the best airports in the Middle East in terms of experience, facilities and security.

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Passenger assistance
  • Currency exchange
  • ATMs
  • Airport lounges
  • Currency exchange
  • ATMs
  • Parking facilities
  • Car rental (shuttle from the terminal)
  • Hotels

Lounges by terminal:

Dan Plus Lounge

Located at Terminal 3

  • Free food
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors

*Closed on Shabbat*

Dan Lounge

Located at Terminal 3 (Concourse B)

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

Dan Lounge

Located at Terminal 3 (Concourse C)

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

Diamond Lounge

Located at Terminal B.

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

*Only available for passengers travelling on flights in the non-Schengen area*

Schmoozy Bar

Located at Terminal 3 (Concourse E)

  • WIFI
  • Food and drink available to purchase
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens

*Closed on religious holidays*

The King David Business Class Lounge

Located at Terminal 3

  • Free beer and wine
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Spa
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers and magazines

The King David Business Class Lounge

Located at Terminal 3

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Showers
  • Spa
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Internet terminals

Book Lounge Passes for Ben Gurion Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for Ben Gurion Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for the Dan Lounge found at Terminal 3.


Runway general

There are three runways that are used at Ben Gurion Airport — runway 12/30, runway 08/26 and runway 03/21.

Runway 12/30 (3,122 m in length) is the main runway at the airport. It can handle wide body aircraft and has an Instrument Landing System. The runway is mainly used for landing, with the vast majority of airlines arriving on this runway. Although rare, the runway does sometimes handle departures too.

Runway 08/26 (4,062 m in length) is the longest runway at the airport. It can handle wide body planes and has an Instrument Landing System. The runway is only used for takeoff.

Runway 03/21 (1,780 m in length) is the shortest and least active runway at the airport. It mainly facilitates flights from cargo and charter airlines. However, it's occasionally used for arrivals at certain times of the day too.


Ben Gurion Airport has two active terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. There is a shuttle that takes passengers between the two terminals on a regular basis. The airport also has two closed, inactive airports, Terminal 2 and Terminal 4.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is the secondary terminal at the airport. The terminal was originally the main terminal building at the airport, however, when Terminal 3 opened, the terminal began operating as domestic terminal. Today, it facilitates a mix of domestic and international flights, with a particular focus on handling flights from low cost airlines.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 was opened in 2004 and is the main terminal at the airport. It handles most of the airport's international flights and is split into five different concourses. Terminal 3 is also where all of the airport's lounges are located.

Airlines that fly to Ben Gurion Airport

Here's a list of all the airlines that currently fly to/from the airport.

Aegean airlines Grecia
Aeroflot Rusia
airBaltic Latvia
Air Canada Canadá
Air Europa Spain
Air France France
Air india India
Air Malta Malta
Air Moldova Moldavia
Aire serbia Serbia
Air Seychelles Seychelles
Air Sinai Sinai
Alitalia Italia
American Airlines USA
Arkia Israel
Aircompany Armenia Armenia
AtlasGlobal Turkey
Austrian Airlines Austria
Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan
Belavia Belarus
Blue Air Romania
British Airways UK
Brussels Airlines Bélgica
Bulgaria Air Bulgaria
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cyprus airways Chipre
Delta Air Lines USA
easyjet UK
easyJet Switzerland Suiza
El Al Israel Airlines Israel
Ethiopian Airlines Etiopía
finnair Finland
Georgian Airways Georgia
Hainan Airlines China
iberia Spain
Israir Airlines Israel
KLM Países Bajos
Aire coreano Corea del Sur
LATAM Chile Chile
Lauda Austria
Mucho polaco aerolíneas Poland
lufthansa Alemania
MyWay Airlines Georgia
Norwegian Airlines Noruega
Pegasus Airlines Turkey
Rossiya Rusia
Real jordano Jordan
RwandAir Rwanda
Ryanair Irlanda
Sichuan Airlines China
Smartwings Czech Republic
Sun d'or Israel
Toque aire portugal Portugal
TAROM Romania
Transavia Países Bajos
Transavia francia France
Turkish Airlines Turkey
Tus Airways Chipre
Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine
Aerolíneas Unidas USA
Ural Airlines Rusia
Uzbekistán Vías aéreas Uzbekistan
Vueling Spain
Aire libre

Top Destinations

Top International Routes

Rank Destination Pasajeros Aerolíneas
1 Istanbul-Ataturk, Turkey 1,071,531 AtlasGlobal, Turkish Airlines
2 Paris Charles de Gaulle, France 871,391 Air France, Arkia, easyJet, El Al
3 Rome–Fiumicino, Italy 815,891 Alitalia, El Al, Norwegian, Ryanair, Vueling
4 Moscow Sheremetyevo, Russia 761,621 Aeroflot
5 Kiev Boryspil, Ukraine 654,145 El Al, UIA

How to get to Ben Gurion Airport

By driving

Car rental companies are located near the airport but you'll need to get a shuttle bus from the terminal to the rental station. Parking is also available if you're taking your own car and leaving it at the airport for the duration of time that you're away.

The airport can be reached off of Highway (the Jerusalem – Tel Aviv highway).

By bus

To get to the airport by bus, you can get a city bus to the Airport City Station. The city bus no.478 runs between the Tel Aviv City Centre Station and the Airport City Station regularly. Once at the Aiport City Station, you can get the no.5 shuttle bus to the airport terminal.

By train

Trains between Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv HaHagana Railway station every day from 5.30am–11.30pm. The Ben Gurion Airport–Tel Aviv HaHagana Railway Station route stops at some of the major stations in Tel Aviv, including the Central railway station.

By taxi

Taxis are available to pre-order online or by phone or by hailing one down on the street. There are also taxi apps available in the city, including Gett Taxi and Yango but not Uber or MyTaxi.