The airport that serves Tel Aviv and Israel is Ben Gurion Airport, also referred to by its Hebrew acronym Natbag. The airport is the main international airport that serves the Greater Tel Aviv Area. It was named after the country’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion, and is the hub for airlines such as El Al, Israir Airlines, along with Arkia Israel Airlines. Ben Gurion Airport has three asphalt runways that span from approximately 2,700 metres or 9,000 feet, to around 4,000 metres or 13,300 feet in length.
Where to go
As the second most populous city within the country of Israel, Tel Aviv is a global city, also a technological and economic hub to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. When looking into tourist spots within Tel Aviv, due to the size of the place, known destinations include Yarkon Park, Tel Aviv Port, and Beit Hatfutsot. Yarkon Park gets visitors of around 16 million annually. As a large public urban park, it has extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, water park, aviary, along with lakes and two outdoor concert venues. As Tel Aviv’s commercial and entertainment district, Tel Aviv Port was opened in 1938 and has underwent a major restoration program, and is now considered as the most popular attraction in Tel Aviv with visitors reaching 4.3 million a year. Beit Hatfutsot, or Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish people, is a museum that opened in 1978. It was considered as among the most innovative museums in the world. Other destinations include Old Jaffa, Rabin Square, Azriely Lookout, Jaffa’s Railway Station, Dizengoff Centre, Rothschild Boulevard, Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Tel Aviv University, Joshua Gardens, Shore Promenade, Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Bialik Square, along with Gutman Art Museum, among others.
Ben Gurion Airport operates flights to various short-haul destinations, such as Athens via Athens International Airport; Moscow via Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, and Vnukovo International Airport; and Paris via Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport, to name a few. These destinations can be reached with airlines like Aegean Airlines, El Al, Aeroflot, Israir Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Air France, Air Méditerranée, Arkia Israel Airlines, easyJet, and
Transavia.com, among others. To reach these destinations, flights may take more or less two to four hours from Tel Aviv to reach the point of destination.
Some of the long-haul destinations from Ben Gurion Airport include Bangkok via Suvarnabhumi Airport; New York via John F. Kennedy International Airport; and Toronto via Toronto Pearson International Airport. The destinations can be reached within nine to 12 hours, give or take. Airlines that fly to these destinations include El Al, Delta Air Lines, and Air Canada, among others.
How to get out
The airport that serves Tel Aviv and Israel, Ben Gurion Airport also known by its Hebrew acronym Natbag, operates flights to and from destinations such as Athens, Larnaca, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Riga, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Toronto, Tbilisi, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Malta, Belgrade, Paris, Rome, Eilat, Vienna, Baku, Minsk, London, Brussels, Sofia, Manchester, Mumbai, Milan, Newark, Seoul, Varna, Bangkok, New York, and Dnipropetrovsk, via Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Aeroflot operated by Donavia, Aeroflot operated by Rossiya, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Caucasus, Air Europa, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Air VIA, Air Méditerranée, Alitalia, Arkia Israel Airlines, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean AIrways, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, BH Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, El Al, El Al operated for UP, Israir Airlines, Korean Air, and Ukraine International Airlines, to name a few; with seasonal flights to Ljubljana, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Burgas, Varna, Toulouse, Amsterdam, and Stuttgart, among others.
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