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The Israeli cabinet today approved the construction of a new international airport at Timna, outside the city of Eilat. Currently Israel has only one international airport, Ben-Gurion airport, on the outskirts of the Tel-Aviv area. Eilat has an airport for domestic flights only but it is located in what is the today the center of the city.

Eilat is one of Israel’s premier destinations for vacationers worldwide interested in a get away filled with sun, beach and fun. The airport will replace Eilat’s current domestic airport and will thus promote the economic progress of the city by freeing up land for tourism, commerce and housing.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the decision to move Eilat’s airport outside the city, which has not been dealt with for years, is part of a comprehensive plan to develop Eilat and jump it forward. “This airport, which the Government recommends be named after Ilan and Assaf Ramon, will be an alternative to Ben-Gurion International Airport and the airport in Eilat. It will free up considerable land in Eilat, provide a solution for the expansion of Eilat and prevent noise and other pollution in the city. In other words, this is a very important decision. It is part of the steps we are taking to change Eilat and the Negev, including laying a railway to Eilat and widening the Aravah road. We are also checking on the possibility of moving the Eilat port. All of these things are really changing the face of reality in Eilat and the south of the country,” the Prime Minister said.

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