In wake of the decision by Israel’s Health Ministry Monday to require all travelers from abroad to self-quarantine two weeks, the Ben-Gurion International Airport will reduce its activity to only 30 percent of its normal capacity. All non-permanent workers were furloughed and may not return, given the uncertainty over the coronavirus crisis.
70 percent of them were furloughed Sunday. Some of the 150 security positions and the airport will also be eliminated.
The Israel Airports Authority is also weighing a shutdown of Ramon International Airport at night. The airport normally handles 45 international flights weekly.
Israeli airline El Al announced Monday it is considering a shutdown, while Israir and Arkia announced they are halting all flights abroad. Additionally, low-cost carrier Wizz Air announced it is halting flights to and from Israel on March 12.
Header: People wait for the train at the Ben Gurion Airport on March 10, 2020. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)