To be named after the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, Israel's new international airport will replace existing airports in Ovda and Eilat, and feature a state-of-the-art light rail that will transport travelers to downtown Eilat, as well as long- and short-term overnight parking.
The $422 million airport is expected to spark a 300% increase in tourism to southern Israel with an anticipated 1.5 million travelers arriving on both international and domestic flights each year.
"We are extremely excited about the construction of the new international airport near Eilat," says Haim Gutin, Israel commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, "which will help encourage travel and simplify access to one of Israel's most beautiful and inspiring regions."
Approximately 1.35 million travelers passed through Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport last month – a new all-time high and a 15% increase compared to July 2010.
- Follow Ynetnews on Facebook