MembersNew Airport Opens in Israel

The Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat is officially open, and expected to help ease the strain of so many visitors entering Israel.

By Michael Selutin |
Photo: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90

The airport is named after Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who was tragically killed in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and his son, Assaf, who died in an Israel Air Force training accident in 2009.

The airport cost $622 million, and, in the opinion of most visitors, is a sight to behold. Whether or not the new airport will be as economically-viable as it is beautiful remains to be seen. There are rumors that the airport could serve not only growing tourism to Eilat, but also to neighboring Jordan and Egypt, whose borders are just a few miles away.

For the time being, officials are just happy to have Ramon Airport relieving the strain on Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Located...

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