20% increase in Israeli tourists to Antalya

Israeli visited the resort at Antalya in September 2011 and 25,000 visited Istanbul.

20% increase in Israeli tourists to Antalya Notwithstanding the diplomatic tensions between Israel and Turkey, 34,000 Notwithstanding the diplomatic tensions between Israel and Turkey, 34,000 Israeli visited the resort at Antalya in September 2011, 20% more than in September 2010. 25,000 Israelis visited Istanbul, up 13%, according to the monthly report on passenger traffic at Ben Gurion Airport by the Israel Airports Authority.

Paris was the top city destination for Israelis in September: 57,000, 5.2% more than in the corresponding month. The US was the destination by country for the largest number of Israelis: 115,000, 9.9% of all passengers in September. It was followed by Russia, Spain, and the Netherlands.

1.2 million passengers on 9,000 flights passed through Ben Gurion Airport in September, including 1.1 million international passengers, 3% more than in the corresponding month. Domestic traffic rose 24% to 65,000.

Israeli airlines carried 446,000 passengers in September, 39% of all passengers, and 0.4% more than in September 2010. El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) carried 24% more passengers than in September 2010 and Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. carried 30% more passengers, but Arkia Airlines Ltd. saw a 9% drop in the number of passengers.

KLM had the largest growth in passenger traffic at Ben Gurion Airport, followed by Ukraine's Aerosvit Airlines, and Bulgaria's Air Via. Conversely Delta Airlines carried 37% fewer passengers through Ben Gurion Airport in September than in the corresponding month, and announced that it will indefinitely suspend its Tel Aviv-Atlanta route.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on October 10, 2011

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