Eilat Airport

Israel's most southern airport

Eilat Airport

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Eilat Airport was established at the end of the War of Independence by the Israeli Air Force in 1949.

The development push of Eilat at the outset of the 1950s, and the distance of the settlement from the center of the country, brought about the development of a regular air service from Lod Airport (now Ben Gurion) and later from Haifa.

In 1964, the runway was extended to 1,500 meters, and a small passenger terminal was built. In 1969, the runway was extended to its current length of 1,900 meters – still short for the larger international aircraft. The first charter flight landed in Eilat from Denmark in 1975, and since then international charter flights have been landing regularly at the Airport. From the mid-80s, El Al also began operating regular flights to Europe.

In 1990 – 1991, due to the Gulf War, the charter flight season was curtailed, which affected the international flights to Eilat. The airport today serves internal civilian flights, international charter flights, private flights and special flights including Arkia Israel Airlines and Israir Airlines.







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