Heavy Israeli travel season begins


JERUSALEM (JTA) — One of Israel’s heaviest travel seasons began.

Some 47,000 passengers passed through Ben Gurion International Airport Sunday on about 300 flights.

Some 555,000 air travelers arriving and departing on 3,500 flights are expected to pass through the airport’s Terminal 3 throughout the week of Passover.

In addition, about 60,000 tourists, mostly Israeli Arabs, are expected to visit the Sinai, entering at the Taba crossing.

April 8 will be the busiest travel day of Passover, with about 48,000 passengers arriving and departing on more than 300 flights.

The Passover holiday destinations for most Israelis are the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Turkey. 

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