Number of Israelis Traveling Abroad Hits All-Time High in 2014.
The economic slowdown and Operation Protective Edge notwithstanding, a record 5.2 million Israelis traveled abroad in 2014, an 8% increase from the 4.8 million who went abroad in 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported.
The first half of 2014 saw a jump of 12% in the number of Israeli trips abroad, while the second half of the year saw a more modest increase of 6.5% compared to 2013. The drop in the second half of the year can be attributed to the fighting in the Gaza Strip in July and August and the large-scale reserves call-up it entailed.
Had it not been for the Gaza operation, the total number of Israeli trips abroad would have reached 5.5 million, the numbers indicated. Nevertheless, more than one-quarter of Israelis' trips abroad (1.3 million) took place in July and August, when the Gaza operation was in full swing.
The date with the largest number of departures was September 23, the day before the Jewish New Year. A total of 31,000 Israelis converged on the departures hall of Ben-Gurion International Airport to spend the holiday elsewhere. The average for the year was 13,000 daily.
According to the bureau's data, the average age of Israeli traveling abroad last year stood at 40. More than half (57%) were men. Children under the age of 14 comprised 11% of Israeli travelers.