zaterdag 30 januari 2016
Ramon Airport, Israel's new airport, opening in 2017
Ramon Airport, which is now in the final stages of construction about 10km north of Israel’s southern-most city of Eilat, is set to open in 2017, replacing Eilat Airport in the city center, which handles domestic flights from Tel Aviv and Haifa, and Ovda Airport, about 40 minutes north, which handles low-cost and charter flights from Europe, in the winter season. The airport is located in the Timna Valley, and aside from its beautiful location, looks set to be one of the most beautiful airports ever seen.
The new Ramon Airport, named after Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first ever astronaut who died in the 2003 Colombia Disaster, and his son Asaf Ramon, who was killed a few years later in an aircraft accident, is also known as Timna Airport. The terminal has been designed by leading Israeli architecture firms, Mann Shinar Architects and Moshe Zur Architects, and is set to handle 2 million passengers a year upon opening, expanding to 4 million passengers a year later on. It is set to take care of all domestic traffic to Eilat, and the growing number of international low-cost flights from Europe, including airlines such a Ryanair and Monarch, who started flying to Ovda Airport in the 2015-2016 winter season.