The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has put forward a tender for the building of a structure which will manage additional numbers of people departing the airport. The tent will be constructed on a parking lot by Terminal 3 as a temporary option until a permanent building can be erected. With plans to open during the Passover period from next spring, the 2,500m² structure will have a number of check-in counters, and security and baggage handling facilities. In addition, the IAA board has approved plans for the construction of the fourth concourse in Terminal 3, in order to meet the demands of an increase in passenger numbers. The new 17,000m² space will feature eight air bridges, three of which are suited for wide-bodied aircraft. A passenger lounge, eateries and shops will also be introduced. According to statistics from the IAA, 17 million passengers will travel through Ben Gurion Airport in 2018.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 1.45 million passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport during November 2017, an 18 percent increase on the same month in 2016. Furthermore, over 10,000 planes traveled through the airport, reflecting a 17 percent rise on 2016. Between January – November 2017, the top five airlines for passenger traffic to and from Ben Gurion Airport were El Al, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, easyJet and Israir, all of which have increased their customer base compared to the same period last year. The most popular countries flying passengers to Israel are: the US, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Russia, the UK, France and Poland.