25 MARCH 2019
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After 70 years, Eilat City Airport finally closed last Monday 18 March. Rather like, typically, RAF Hendon in North London, a new generation will not realise, or appreciate, that what will become the focus of effectively a new high-profile district, was once an historic aerodrome.
Ramon International Airport (ETM) opened on Tuesday, 19 March, and is now hosting up to 12 flights daily to the north Tel Aviv airport Sde Dov (SDV) and six for Ben Gurion’s (TLV) domestic T1. Arkia and Israir fly to both. International flights start on Tuesday 2 April with the closing of the civil base at Ovda.
Eilat Airports managing director Hanan Moscovitz said: “Throughout the year, we will focus on further enhancing passenger services and airport operations, adapting to the needs and requirements of our passengers, airlines, ground handling agents and all partners, in accordance with the lessons learned from the gradual opening and the first months of operation.”
Wizz UK is expected to introduce a service from Luton at the start of the winter season on Wednesday 30 October. As an alternative, easyJet has flown to Aqaba (Jordan) over the winter and the programme is expected to start again for the winter. It is a gateway for Petra (see BTN 4 May 2015). The border controls with Israel are much improved.
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