Israel's Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz has announced this morning that "The International Ramon Airport is a top-priority national project, which will contribute to the development of employment, construction and tourism in Eilat."
The Israel Airport Authority moves full speed ahead in advancing the construction of the Ramon airport in Timna according to schedules set by the Authority's council and minister Yisrael Katz.
In the flagship bid to build the Timna Airport, the Israel Airport Authority has approved the company that won the bid to build the passengers' terminal and the supporting areas in the national and international Ramon Airport in Timna. The Danya Cebus company has won the bid. The project's cost is estimated to be about 400 million NIS.
The new passengers terminal will be built on a 30,000 square meters field and will serve over two million passengers each year. The terminal will include comfortable passenger halls for both local and international flights, as well as Duty Free shops. The bid for building the new terminal was announced less than a year and a half since work has started on the construction of the airport. A control tower that is currently being built rises to a height of 50 meters, landing and takeoff runways are being paved, alongside parking positions for wide and midsize aircraft, parking fields for turbo-prop aircraft, parking garages for vehicles and a four-lane road system leading passenger from the Ramon airport to Eilat in 10 minutes.
Following the lessons learned during Operation Protective Edge, Minister Katz has decided to extend the takeoff and landing runways of the Ramon airport to 3.6 kilometers instead of 3.1 kilometers, in order to allow all kinds of aircraft, including large Jumbo jets, from any airport in the world, to take off and land in Timna and provide an additional alternate airport in Israel.
The Ramon airport in Timna is the first new civilian airport built in Israel since the country's declaration of independence. Minister Katz has decided to name the airport after Ilan and Assaf Ramon, as a gesture of appreciation of the State of Israel to the Ramon Family. The construction of an all-Israeli airport has generated a wide international interest from companies that specialize in airport construction.
The Ramon Airport will function as an additional Israeli airport and will replace the Eilat and Ovda airports for local and international flights. The construction cost of the Ramon airport is estimated to be around 1.7 billion NIS.
Katz has noted that "The evacuation of the existing airport in Eilat will allow further development of the city's northern part, an addition of thousands of residential units and hotel rooms in the city, and will drastically improve the resident's living conditions." Eilat's old airport, located at the heart of the city, operates next to structures and hotels which limits the city's development options. The construction of the Ramon Airport in Timna will release large fields for construction of houses and hotels and will increase the number of tourists and employment opportunities in the city.
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