'06 border crossings seen up 14%

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) said Sunday it expects 2.8 million people to cross Israel's land borders during 2006, representing an increase of 14 percent over last year's total.

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) said Sunday it expects 2.8 million people to cross Israel's land borders during 2006, representing an increase of 14 percent over last year's total. The biggest increase is projected to come at the Yitzhak Rabin Terminal, or Arava crossing into Jordan, with a 20% increase from 2005 to 270,000 people. The Taba crossing should see 14% more, or 900,000, people pass through it, while the Allenby Terminal was expected to show a rise of 15% to 1.2 million. The IAA said it expects a 15% rise in cargo traffic through its land border crossings, to 207,315 trucks this year.