Israel to construct second international airport

Airport to be built at Timna, about 18km north of Eilat

Israel’s Ministry of Transportation says that the country’s second international airport will be built at Timna, about 18km north of Eilat. The $430 million airport, to be named after the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and his son Assaf, will be completed by 2014 and have a capacity of 1.5 million visitors a year. It will replace smaller airports operating in Eilat and Ovda. A railway will connect the airport to Eilat city centre.
The project is expected to encourage the growth of tourism to Israel. Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, currently Israel’s only international airport, saw almost 11.5 million international visitors and 675,000 domestic visitors in 2010 and is growing at between 3% and 5% a year.
[pictured: Eilat]