ramon airport

The new Ramon International Airport, also known as Eilat Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport, is a green field airport being constructed on a 1,976-acre site in Timna Valley, 19km north of Eilat city, Israel.

It will replace two existing airports serving the city, including the Eilat Airport and Ovda Airport, and will become a new international gateway to the Southern Israel. The Israel Airport Authority (IAA) is responsible for airport construction and operation.

The airport will have an initial capacity to handle two million passengers a year, which will be expanded to 4.2 million passengers a year by 2030.

Estimated to cost $445.85m, the airport construction was started in 2013 and completion is scheduled for 2017. Once operational, the airport will handle all the domestic flights currently being handled by the Eilat Airport, and low-cost and charter flights being handled by Ovda Airport.

Passenger terminal at new Ramon airport

The green field airport will feature a single passenger terminal, which will occupy 30,000m² area. Designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding area of Negev desert, the aiport’s architecture has been inspired from the shape of the desert boulders.

The terminal will feature a common area for both arriving and departing passengers decorated with sceneries of the desert and red mountains. It will have 32 check-in counters and eight gates for transport buses and other facilities including tourist information centre, foreign exchange centre and transportation service centres.

Concessions include duty-free shops, restaurants, luggage storage, lost and found centres and prayer rooms will occupy approximately 13,320m².

New Ramon international airport runway

The airport runway, to be designated 01/19, will be 3,600m-long and 45m-wide and will be extended by an additional 7.5m on both sides of its shoulder. It will be able to accommodate all types of aircraft including large jumbo jets.

Aircraft aprons and other infrastructure

A new apron with a total of 29 parking places to accommodate aircraft of all sizes will be developed. From these, nine will be available for large and wide-body aircraft such as B747 jets and 16 for general aviation.

Other infrastructure planned for the airport include taxiways, an advanced energy centre, a fire station, cargo and freight operation facilities, helipad, a luggage sorting system, and support areas that meet international standards.

Also constructed will be a car parking facility for private and public vehicles and a four-lane road connecting the airport with the city centre.

State-of-the-art technologies at the New Ramon airport

The airport will feature one of the most advanced baggage screening systems called hold baggage screening (HBS), which is an automatic security check system for inspecting passenger luggage.

Advanced surface movement guidance and control systems (A-SMGCS) will be used to monitor and control the ground traffic operations, while the entire airport management will be supported by operational readiness, activation and transition (ORAT) micromanagement platform.

For flight plan information, surveillance data will be integrated with sensis safety logic conflict detection, alerting algorithms and electronic flight strip system (EFS).

"A new shuttle service with a frequency of 15 minutes will link the airport with the city centre for transporting passengers to and from the city."

Air traffic control tower (ATCT) and ground transportation

A new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is being constructed at the airport at a height of 45m. A new shuttle service with a frequency of 15 minutes will link the airport with the city centre for transporting passengers to and from the city.

A fleet of modern air-conditioned vehicles with multilingual drivers and assistants will be used for the shuttle service. Due to the prolonged construction period of the shuttle link, however, other transportation means such as taxis and buses will be available initially.

Contractors involved

Israeli construction company Danya Cebus was appointed as the construction contractor for the passenger terminal, while the terminal design was provided by Amir Mann/Ami Shinar Architects & Planners.

The project management and supervision contract for the project was awarded to Gadish Group Engineering & Management company.

A $3.93m contract for planning, supplying, installing and maintaining the technological systems was awarded to the Mer Group, a security and communications solutions provider. Mer’s 12-year contractual scope includes provision of security system along the 14km perimeter and installation of CCTV system comprising 400 cameras for the security of airfields, passenger areas, support and maintenance areas and other airport access areas.

Mer will incorporate its secure-M NG command and control system into the airport’s command and control centre. The system will interface with the internal operational and security systems in the airport and will control all other components to provide a comprehensive command and control solution.

The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) is constructing two protective ramparts that will help prevent flooding and erosion of the runway.