Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport or Ben Gurion Airport (Hebrew: Namal HaTe'ufa Ben Guryon, Arabic: ma?ar Ben Ghuryon ad-dawli)
(IATA: TLV, ICAO: LLBG),
historically known as Lydda Airport and sometimes referred to today by its Hebrew acronym Natbag, is the largest and busiest international airport in
Israel. It was known as Lod Airport from 1948 until 1973, when the name was changed to honor Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.
Because of its proximity to Tel Aviv and its location within the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion International Airport is often refered
to as Tel Aviv International Airport.
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport is near the town of Lod, 15 kilometers (9 mi) southeast of Tel Aviv. The airport is located on Highway 1, the main
Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, accessible by car or public bus. Both Egged and Dan bus companies ply this route. Israel Railways operates
train service to and from
the airport to certain parts of the country, and taxi stands are located outside the arrivals building. Another
transportation option is the shared taxi van,
known in Hebrew as a sherut, going to Beer Sheva, Haifa and Jerusalem.
Ben Gurion Airport is considered one of the world's most secure airports, with a security force that includes both police officers and IDF soldiers.
Airport security guards operate both in uniform and undercover to maintain a high level of vigilance and detect any possible threats. The airport has been
the target of several terrorist attacks, but no attempt to hijack a plane departing from Ben Gurion airport has succeeded.
Tel Aviv's other airport is Dov Hoz Airport Sde Dov (code: SDV), located at the north of the city and serves as a major
airport for domestic flights. Ben Gurion International Airport (code:TLV), is Israel's main international airport for
people and freight traffic.