Israeli Transport Minister Merav Michaeli announced on Wednesday
that her ministry will advance a plan to establish a complementary
international airport in the south of the country, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
The plan also includes the expansion of Ben Gurion International
Airport outside Tel Aviv, the major airport in the country, and the
development of the northern Haifa Airport, which is currently
suitable only for short-haul flights of small-sized planes,
Michaeli noted in a ministry statement.
A government inspection team has proposed two locations for the
potential new southern airport, both in the north of Negev desert
and near the city of Beer Sheva, according to the statement.
In 2022, the number of passengers at Ben Gurion Airport is
expected to reach 18 million, nearly double the number of the
Israeli population, according to an estimate by the Israel Airports
Israel launched Ramon Airport near the southernmost city of
Eilat in January 2021. However, the airport has been mainly used by
tourists who visit the Red Sea resort city and the city's residents
because of its remote location, thus contributing less to
unburdening Ben Gurion Airport.
In October 2021, the Israeli government cancelled a plan to
build an international airport in the Jezreel Valley in the north
of the country over concerns of severe environmental damage.
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