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A Month After the Massacre Lydda Airport Traffic Booms

Lydda Airport officials reported yesterday, little more than a month after the airport massacre, that traffic was booming. They said that some 7000 passengers landed in 37 planes, including five jumbo jets Sunday. Traffic was particularly heavy in the afternoon when three of the jumbo jets and one Boeing 707 landed one after another.

Despite the pressure of the huge inflow of arrivals and Israel’s tight airport security measures, all of the passengers were able to leave the airport without undue delay, the officials reported. Average incoming total of passengers at the airport daily is about 6000. The peak was reached last Passover when 10,000 persons arrived. The outgoing passenger total also was a little higher than usual, partly because the summer school vacation has started and the summer excursions that accompany it.