A report published by the Israel Airport Authority show that Turkish Airlines, easyJet and Lufthansa were the three most active foreign airlines in Israel in 2014.
The three carriers carried more than 11% of the 14,266,628 Israeli and foreign passengers who passed through Ben-Gurion International Airport in 2014.
The Turkish carrier flew 694,000 passengers in or out of Ben-Gurion International Airport last year, a 19% increase over 2013, when 582,800 passengers flew Turkish to or from the Tel Aviv-area airport.
El Al, ranked first among all airlines in the airport's 2014 report after carrying more than 4.65 million travelers throughout the year – nearly 33% of all passengers who passed through Ben-Gurion and an 8.6% increase in the number of passengers carried by the company.
British low-cost airline easyJet climbed from the fifth place to the third place, and the second place among foreign airlines, with 524,444 passengers and a 53.42% growth thanks to new destinations added last year.
Israeli airline Arkia came in fourth with 509,737 passengers and a mere growth of less than 1 percent, followed by Lufthansa – which ranked third among foreign airlines – with 384,036 passengers and a 4.84% growth.
Russian airline Aeroflot ranked sixth with 370,000 passengers, followed by the American United Airlines 357,000 passengers and the Turkish Pegasus Airlines 344,000 passengers.