14 Dec 2017

Globes: New Eilat airport to open April 2018

“Globes” visited the impressively designed airport, which can serve 4.25 million passengers a year.

The new Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport near Eilat is currently being completed a year late. Its designers and builders say that the project is one of the most innovative in the world. Amir Mann and Ami Shinar from the Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners architectural firm and Moshe and Orna Tzur from the Moshe Tzur Architects & Town Planners, two of Israel’s largest and most veteran architectural firms, designed the airport.

The Mann-Shinar firm designed the Azrieli Center building at Rishonim Junction, the new Beer Sheva outline plan, and part of Haifa Port. The Zur firm built the Holy Land Tower in Jerusalem, the Arlosorov Tower, and the Beeri Nehardea Tower in Tel Aviv, and the Bayside Land Corporation project in Herzliya Pituah.

A tour of the site of the new airport near Eilat shows that cooperation between these two leading firms has created ambitious architecture, advanced construction technology hitherto unknown to Israel, and also an effort to create a display of environmentalism.

The airport is located in the center of the alluvial fan (delta) of Nahal Nimra east of Highway 90, several dozen meters from a 25-meter-high fence being built on the border with Jordan. It is designed to handle the substantial growth in low-cost flights to Israel, and eventually to serve 4.25 million internal and external tourism passengers annually. 21 million passengers pass through Ben Gurion Airport every year.

The new airport is designed to replace the airport located in the center of Eilat, thereby enabling the city to grow and develop. According to the plan, new hotels with 2,070 rooms and 1,000 apartments will be built on a 700-dunam (175-acre) site. It will also no longer be necessary to use the military airport in Ovda for international flights. Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport will also be an emergency alternative to Ben Gurion Airport. It will cover 14,500 dunam (3,625 acres). The airport terminal will have 40,000 square meters of built-up space. The cost of construction is NIS 1.6 billion.

Read more here: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-new-eilat-airport-to-open-april-2016-1001215366