Israeli to inaugurate new airport near Jordanian border

Israel has officially inaugurated a new international airport on Monday near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, a few kilometers from the Jordanian border.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony, glassy terminal, arriving on the ceremonial first flight said he is excited with the successful completion of the project.

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The new airport is named after Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut who died in the crash of the space shuttle Columbia. Initially, it will handle only domestic flights, operated by Israeli carriers Arkia and Israir.

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In the future, the airport plans to host jumbo jets from around the globe, and will also serve as an emergency alternative to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport

It says the new airport has a 3,600-metre-long runway and apron parking space for nine “large and wide-body aircraft”.

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Israeli media have said that a 26-metre-high, 4.5km-long “smart” anti-missile fence has been installed to help protect Ramon.

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