With the petira of former President Shimon Peres and the levaya scheduled for Friday, 27 Elul at 11:00, Israel Airports Authority announces it is taking necessary measures to prepare for the influx of high-level personnel and all the security and other arrangements connected to such a reality; coming during some of the busiest days of year at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Officials add that in addition to world leaders and representatives of the international community, religious leaders and others, there will be an influx of members of the press to cover the levaya, which will be an international media event.
Airport officials report 40,000 travelers will be heading to Uman in the coming days, thousands to NYC to spend Rosh Hashanah at 770, and on Thursday, 26 Elul, 95,000 people are expected to pass through the airport, and this was before the petira of the former President.
It is pointed out that 60 planes arrived in Israel for Mr. Peres’ 90th birthday event, and a special area and runway was dedicated to accommodate these flights in addition to 20 additional parking area in the eastern and western areas of Ben-Gurion.
The appropriate individuals are meeting on Wednesday morning to map out the plan for the upcoming levaya which coincides with the Rosh Hashanah travelers at the nation’s international airport.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)