Israel opens greenfield airport near the Red Sea

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The Israeli government has opened its new greenfield airport in the city of Eilat, located near the Red Sea. Ramon Airport is set to replace the city’s two existing airports, Eilat City Airport and Ovda Airport, providing a new international gateway to Southern Israel and the Red Sea.

Ramon Airport is expected to handle up to two million passengers a year with the flexibility to expand capacity to 4.2 million annual passengers by 2030.

All domestic flights to Eilat City Airport from Tel Aviv and Haifa will now move to Ramon Airport, while the airport will also begin handling low-cost and charter flights from Europe which currently land in Ovda Airport, including flights from Ryanair, WizzAir, EasyJet, Transavia, SAS, Finnair, Edelweiss, and Ural Airlines.

Ramon Airport’s terminal was designed by Mann-Shinar Architects and possesses all the key facilities of a modern terminal including a duty-free store, foreign exchange service, information center, and transportation services. The apron also has parking space for nine large and wide-body aircraft such as those used by European low-cost airlines.

The new Eilat Airport terminal has been designed using materials which reflect the natural beauty of the Timna Valley where the airport is located. Ramon Airport sits 18km (miles) north of Eilat and will eventually be served by a rail link.

Interested in greenfield airports? Check out the ‘Airport Design, Planning & Development stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.

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