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April 14, 2014 12:30 pm

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Set for Record Passover Travel; Turkey Top Destination

avatar by Joshua Levitt

An El Al airplane, similar to the one that returned to Israel on Friday after a bird struck it's engine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An El Al airplane. Photo: WikiCommons.

Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport was set for a record week for the Passover holiday, with 63,000 passengers departing Monday – possibly a record –  and 1.2 million travelers coming and going through the airport over the week, up 25 percent from 2013, according to Israel’s Globes business daily on Monday.

The sharp increase in travelers is a result of lower fairs after Israel signed the Open Skies agreement with the European Union, according to the Israeli Airports Authority.

Of Israelis, Turkey was the top destination this week, with 6,300 people planning to spend the holiday there, followed by Crete, Rome, and Burgas, Bulgaria.

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