Published: 2019-01-21 11:31
Last Updated: 2019-01-21 20:48
Jordan has objected to international authorities to the establishment of a new Israeli international airport, about 30 km north of Eilat on the Red Sea, near the Jordanian border.
The $500 million Ramon Airport will initially be used for domestic flights, and later will allow international commercial flights, the Israeli Minister of Transportation said in a statement, without revealing the official date of the arrival of the first flight.
The airport, which is located 18 km north of the Eilat resort near the Jordanian port of Aqaba, will be able to handle up to 2 million passengers a year upon opening with expansion allowing the capacity of up to 4.2 million passengers by 2030, according to the Airport’s official website.
The Ramon Airport which was under construction since 2013, will be a gateway for southern Jordan including the resort of Aqaba, and areas of Wadi Rum and Petra, as well as the Taba area of Sinai, in Egypt.
The opening ceremony will be held today January 21, 2019, with the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Government sources, who refused to be named, were quoted by local media asking to lodge an official objection to the airport.
Roya tried contacting the Jordanian Foreign Ministry to get a comment on the matter, but we did not receive any official response until now.
Sources revealed months ago that Jordan submitted its official objection to the airport and submitted a formal complaint in this regard to the competent international bodies without any explanation for the response that Jordan received.