Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport, also known as Ramon International Airport, is the newest airport in Israel. Opened for public in January 2019, this airport named after Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, is designed by Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects in partnership with Moshe Zur Architects. The new Ramon Airport, built at an estimated cost of $473.5 million, is set to replace the two existing airports in Eilat, Eilat City Airport and Ovda Airport, and create an impressive new international gateway to Southern Israel and the Red Sea. The airport which is built in vast desert surroundings is often considered as the most futuristic airport. Do you know why?
The airport is spread over an area of 5.5-sq.km and the main terminal building is 45,000-sq.m and considering Israel’s size, in terms of area, this is a vast area. The Ramon Airport can handle up to 2 million passengers a year initially with expansion allowing capacity of up to 4.2 million passengers by the year 2030.
The airport is geographically closer to the borders of Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia than it is to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv and no wonder it has the world’s tallest anti-missile fence 26-m (85-ft) tall and 4.5-km (2.8-mi) long.
The airport is designed in such a way that it can handle some of the largest vessels of transportation in the world, all while allowing the easy flow of thousands, if not millions of passengers each year. The airport has apron parking space for 9 large and wide-body aircraft such as those used by European low-cost airlines.
Most importantly, the area through which both public and private vehicles travel to drop off and park is located underground. Also, baggage handling, security processes, and other technical operations are located dozens of feet below ground.
Airport terminal has been designed using materials which reflect the right natural beauty of the Timna Valley where the airport is located.