Israel welcomes new airport in the desert: Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport
The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport, the newest transport hub in Israel, stands in the vast and barren landscape of the Negev Desert. Designed by Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Moshe Zur Architects, the airport is named after Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon and his pilot son Asaf, and was commissioned by the Israel Airport Authority.
The airport is the country's second largest after Ben Gurion Airport and is located 18 kilometres north of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city and aimed at offering an additional international entry point to southern Israel and the nearby Red Sea.
The airport is the country's second largest after Ben Gurion Airport and is located 18 kilometres north of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city
The complex's low-rise construction blends in with the surroundings and the mildly sloping and unevenly shaped passenger terminal was inspired by rock formations in the nearby Timna National Park. The terminal's steel and concrete frame has insulating aluminium triangular panels, while the 45,000sqm (485,000sqf) space features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide natural light throughout the complex. The airport is expected to handle 4.5 million passengers a year.
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