The new airport’s air strip is slated to open January 22 and is 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) away from the Kingdom’s border. Close to Israeli’s southern resort town of Eilat, the modern airport is expected to become a major regional transport hub.
– WATCH: PM Netanyahu speaks directly with Ramon International Airport control tower as first inbound flight prepares to land.
Jordan protested the opening of a new international airport just kilometers away from its border with Israel, local media reported on Sunday.
The Jordanian government has expressed concerns about the Ramon international airport as early as 2015. Continue Reading »
The Israeli resort town of Eilat hopes the opening of the $500 million Ramon International Airport, scheduled to become operational in October, will attract a million foreign visitors a year of the annual capacity of 2.5 million passengers it can handle.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Once almost lost to international tourism, the Israeli resort of Eilat hopes a new airport will attract a million foreign visitors a year by 2025, with eastern Europeans especially offering growth for the winter holiday season.
International tourist arrivals in Israel hit a record 3.6 million last year, pumping $5.5 billion into the economy. Continue Reading »
Hoping to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Israel’s Southern most city plans to submit an ambitious bid, focusing on the resort town’s unique infrastructure and new airport.
By Raz Israeli
As Israeli authorities begin looking for a venue for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, the southern resort city of Eilat is stepping up its efforts to be chosen as the host.
Israel won the right to host next year’s Eurovision after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 pop contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with her catchy techno-dance tune “Toy.”
Israel has hosted the event twice before in Jerusalem, in 1979 and 1999. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Ministry and the IDF’s fence-building administration have completed a 26 meter high fence that will protect the soon to open Assaf and Ilan Ramon Int’l Airport from Kornet missiles etc., should they be fired from Jordan.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Two years after work began on the smart fence capable of stopping Kornet missiles aimed towards Israel’s newest civilian airport, Eilat Ilan and Assaf Ramon International Airport, the 26-meter-high fence been completed.
The fence, which extends 4.5 km, is part of a larger 34-kilometer six-meter-high fence along the Jordanian border which runs from Eilat to Kibbutz Samar north of Timna. Continue Reading »
Israel assures Jordan that its concerns that the new Eilat area airport may cause disruptions to its air corridors, due to close proximity to King Hussein Int’l Airport north of Aqaba, pose no safety risks, since Israel will abide by ICAO regulations.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
A new airport planned by Israel near its border with Jordan is clouding the usually businesslike relationship the two neighbors have built since making peace in 1994.
Due to open next April, Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport at Timna will be 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jordan’s King Hussein International Airport. They will serve Eilat and Aqaba, the adjacent Israeli and Jordanian resort cities on the Red Sea. Continue Reading »
The ultra-modern, $436.5 million new Ramon International Airport will replace the current airport in downtown Eilat, with the first commercial flights expected to take place in spring 2017.
By Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff
Construction of the runway has finished and the first test flights are scheduled to take place at the new Ramon International Airport, in the Arava Desert next to Timna 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) north of Eilat, in three weeks’ time. The first commercial flights are expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
The total cost of the new airport is estimated to be around NIS 1.7 billion ($436.5 million). Continue Reading »