Israel’s Newest Airport will be an International Gateway to the South of Israel and the Red Sea Resort of Eilat
It’s currently under construction but Ramon airport looks set to bring about a further boost in Israeli tourism to the beautiful Negev region and popular Eilat resort. In a beautiful gesture, the airport will be named in memory of the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and his son Assaf Ramon, who tragically died six years later when his F-16 fighter jet crashed. Ramon Airport is scheduled to open next year.
The Airport will service both domestic and international flights. Until now, Eilat Airport has been the only access to the popular vacation destination, but that airport was built when Eilat was empty and since then the city, including many hotels, have been built around it. That airport is set to be removed from the city, with the new, much larger Ramon Airport servicing the region instead.
As well as access to the airport by car and bus, there are future plans to create a high-speed rail link from the center of Israel too. Once open, up to 2 million people are estimated to use the new Ramon airport each year.