More and more visitors to Israel

The number of visitors to Israel is growing significantly. In 2009, some 9 million passengers passed through the airports. In 2018, Israel Katz, the minister of transport estimates the number will be about 20 million passengers. These numbers indicate the growth of both tourism and business relations.

To help ease the pressure such growth causes, several airport projects are under way or recently completed. First, the original terminal at Ben Gurion, dubbed Terminal 1, has been renovated and inaugurated for use by budget airlines. Terminal 1 is currently slated for 33 outbound flights per day. In addition to this upgrade at Ben Gurion, an additional wing is opening in Terminal 3. The new wing will add 17,000 square meters and 8 gates.

Perhaps bigger news is that two new airports are planned for Eilat and somewhere in the north. Of course the new airport in Eilat will replace the current airport, while the projected airport in the north will be completely new.

 

Jerusalem Aquarium

Photo Credit: http://touchpointisrael.com

Photo Credit: http://touchpointisrael.com

According to a report by Abigail Klein Leichman, a national aquarium is set to open in Jerusalem this fall. The exhibit, designed by Raviv-Tal Environmental Architecture of Haifa, cost $25 million and is located on five acres next to the Jerusalem Zoo.

See Ms. Leichman’s article and photos here.

 

Israel is 68 years young!

The modern state of Israel is 68 years young. In honor of that milestone the Foreign Ministry produced a cute and informative 6-minute video highlighting 68 amazing, interesting, and fun facts about modern Israel. Enjoy!

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport 4th Best in World

Departure Hall Ben Gurion

The departure hall at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel is a comfortable place to relax and enjoy drinks and a light meal while waiting for your international flight. Duty free shopping is also available around the perimeter of the departure hall. Photo ©2015 Craig Dunning

The Condé Nast Traveler “2015 Best Of” survey results are in, and Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport was selected as the fourth best international airport in the world.

Named after Israel’s first prime minister, this airport’s highest score was for easy access from downtown Tel Aviv, nine miles to the north west. Known primarily for being one of the world’s most secure airports, 15 million passengers passed through here in 2014 and it has consistently won awards for best airport in the Middle East.

Here is Conde Nast Traveler’s list of top ten international airports:
1. Changi Airport Singapore (SIN) Readers’ Rating: 83.356
2. Dubai International (DXB) Readers’ Rating: 77.889
3. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Readers’ Rating: 75.735
4. Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) Readers’ Rating: 73.414
5. Seoul-Incheon (ICN) Readers’ Rating: 72.355
6. Tokyo Haneda (HND) Readers’ Rating: 71.628
7. Hamad International Airport (DOH) Readers’ Rating: 71.374
8. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU) Readers’ Rating: 70.948
9. Zurich Airport (ZRH) Readers’ Rating: 70.601
10. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Readers’ Rating: 70.227

Notably, Asia and the Middle East dominate the rankings, each receiving four top ten rankings. Europe and North America had one each, securing the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Neither Africa nor South America made the survey.

Cancer Sniffing Phone App

Need some good news that will likely have some effect upon you? Then, read on.

One of the many amazing technologies coming forth from Israel’s hotbed of medical technology is a cancer sniffing device that smells cancer on the user’s breath.

By identifying the special “odor” emitted by cancer cells, the NaNose system can detect the presence of tumors, both benign and malignant, more quickly, efficiently and cheaply than previously possible.” – Professor Hossam Haick

Reports are that this device is 90% accurate in detecting the presence of cancer. And it is particularly helpful in detecting lung cancer, which typically doesn’t present recognizable symptoms until it is strongly entrenched in the body.

A new smart phone app will make this technology widely available, and will likely increase the survival rate of those afflicted by cancer.

See an introduction to this amazing technology in the video below.

I learned of this technology from Michael Ordman who uses his blog, Good News from Israel, to highlight, well … good news from Israel. I recommend you visit his blog regularly, or simply sign up for the email distribution of Good News from Israel.