An all-time-record number of passengers were set to pass through Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday.
According to the Israel Airports Authority, about 80,000 passengers will fly on about 457 incoming and outgoing flights, making it the busiest day ever at Israel’s main airport, Globes reported. The Airports Authority also forecasts that August will be a new record month for travel through Ben Gurion Airport, with more than 2 million passengers arriving and departing on international flights.
Additionally, Israeli airport passenger travel in July was up 20 percent, and the total number of flights was up 10 percent compared with the same month last year—which came during the Israel-Hamas war.
The European Union’s 2013 “open skies” agreement with Israel, which paved the way for more flights and cheaper prices, likely contributed to the record-setting showing at Ben Gurion Airport.