The Israel Airports Authority announced today that the winner of the tender to construct the Ramon Airport terminal at Timna in the Negev was Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL) unit Danya Cebus Ltd. (TASE: DNYA). Danya Cebus will build a 30,000 square meter passenger terminal.
The new terminal will cater for more than two million passengers annually, and will have spacious arrivals and departures halls for international and domestic flights, and duty free shops.
The tender for construction of the new terminal commenced eighteen months after the foundation stone was laid for the new airport. The Ramon Airport control tower now under construction rises to a height of 50 meters, runways have begun to be laid, and construction is also under way of parking areas for wide-bodied and mid-size jets and for turbo-prop aircraft, car parks, and four lane highways on which passengers will be able to travel from Ramon Airport to Eilat in just ten minutes.
As one of the lessons of last year's Operation Protective Edge, it was decided to lengthen the runways at Ramon Airport from 3.1 kilometers to 3.6 kilometers, to enable all types of aircraft, including the largest airliners, to take off and land at Ramon Airport on their way to or from any airport in the world, giving Israel an alternative, fully functional airport.
Ramon Airport will replace the Eilat and Ovda airports for domestic and international flights. It is being built at an estimated cost of NIS 1.7 billion.
Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz said this morning, "The Ramon international airport that we have initiated is a national project of supreme importance that will develop Eilat through employment, construction, and expansion of tourism to the city. Vacating the existing airport in Eilat will enable the city to develop northwards, add thousands of housing units and more hotels in the city, and substantially improve the quality of life of the city's residents."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on March 8, 2015
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