Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport - Terminal 1 and Terminal 3

Ben Gurion Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal following extensive recent renovations. As of 2010, several low-cost carriers' international flights operate out of Terminal 1-year-round including easyJet flights to London (Luton), Manchester, Geneva, and Basel and Vueling flights to Barcelona. All other international flights operate out of Terminal 3.

Although Terminal 1 was closed between 2003 and 2007, the building served as a venue for various events and large-scale exhibitions including the "Bezalel Academy of Arts Centennial Exhibition" which was held there in 2006.


There is now talk of keeping Terminal 1 open 24 hours a day in order to handle charter flights from Europe. The renovations for the terminal were designed by Yosef Assa with three individual atmospheric themes. Firstly, the public halls have a Land-of-Israel character with walls painted in the colors of Israel's Judean, Jerusalem and Galilee mountains. The Departure Hall is given an atmosphere of vacation and leisure, whilst the Arrivals Hall is given a more urban theme as passengers return back to the city. Incoming flights for airlines operating out of Terminal 1 are handled solely in Terminal 3.



Terminal 2

Terminal 2 was demolished and is planned to rebuild it as a freight handling terminal.


Ben Gurion Terminal 3

Terminal 3 has 30 gates divided among three different concourses: B, C and D and it’s planned to built a new concourse: E. Each concourse has 8 jetway-equipped gates (numbered 2 through 9) and 2 stand gates (bus bays, 1 and 1A) from which passengers are ferried to the aircraft. EI AI flights use practically all the concourse D and other airlines use concourses B and C. Room exists for two additional concourses (A and E).


Terminal 3 uses the Jetway system. The overall layout is similar to that of airports in North America and Europe, with multiple levels and considerable distances to walk after disembarking from the aircraft. The walk is assisted by escalators and moving walkways.

The upper level departures hall, with an area of over 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft), is equipped with 110 check-in counters and as well as Flight information display systems.

A small shopping mall, known as Buy & Bye, is open to both travellers and the general public. The mall, which includes restaurants, shops and a post office was planned to be a draw for non-flyers too.

On the same level as the mall, passengers enter passport control and the security check. Planes taking off and landing can be viewed from a distinctive tilted glass wall. The arrivals hall is located on the ground floor where there are also 20 additional check-in counters (serving Star Alliance airlines). Car rental counters are located in an intermediate level situated between the departing and arriving passenger halls. Terminal 3 has two synagogues and three business lounges.