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Ben-Gurion International Airport
It is a common misconception that Israel's major airport is in Tel Aviv. Actually, it is in Lod, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Lod's claim to fame is the new airport, with its towering columns, twinkling lights, marble floors and cascading water fountains. For most people, Israel begins and ends at Lod.
Like many people, though, as I stepped off the plane last week and entered the sleek, airconditioned new Terminal 3, I felt a twinge of nostalgia for the old airport. For the fiery heat and blinding sun that hit you as the plane doors slid open, for the big "Welcome to Israel" sign, for the pinky whiteness of the Jerusalem stone and the lone palm tree off to one side. For the sight of people kneeling and kissing the asphalt, overcome with emotion at setting foot in the Holy Land.
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This month, December 2006, Ben-Gurion Airport ranked first among 40 European airports, and 5th out of 77 airports around the world, in a survey conducted by the Airports Council International. It also placed first in its size category.
The survey consisted of 34 questions. A random sampling of 350 passengers at the departure gate were asked how satisfied they were with the service, infrastructure and facilities. Ben-Gurion received a rating of 3.94 out of 5, followed by Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
3.94 is not a perfect score, of course, and I'm sure there's room for improvement. But you can't say it's not a good start.
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