Eilat Ramon Airport opened in January 2019, becoming the first new international airport in Israel in over 50 years. An architectural masterpiece in the Negev Desert, near the ancient site of Timna, 15 minutes north of Eilat, the new Eilat Ramon Airport is set a domestic and international gateway to Eilat, replacing both the Ovda Airport and Eilat City airport. Eilat’s new airport can handle up to 2 million passengers a year initially, rising over time.
How to get from Ramon Airport to Eilat
Eilat Ramon Airport is 18 km north of the city of Eilat, and the road connection to the city makes for a 15 minute journey to the city center and hotels. A shuttle service will run every 20 minutes from the airport to city dropping passengers at all of the city’s hotels. This service is set to make this journey quick and easy. Shuttle pricing and operating hours will likely be announced closer to the airport opening date. The shuttle service to Ramon Airport will also offer transfer to the Red Sea resorts of Aqaba (Jordan) and Taba (Egypt). There will also be options to connect to transfers to the Dead Sea, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
Taxi service from Ramon Airport to Eilat is another option for getting from airport to city. A taxi for this journey will have a base cost of around 100 NIS ($28 aprox) and will rise depending on the number of passengers and bags, and time of the day/night/weekend.
Private transfer services from Ramon Airport to Eilat are also available for individuals, groups, or families who prefer to pre-book a transfer.
Ramon Airport will be served by a number of car rental companies (details to be confirmed), however it should be noted that there is little reason to rent a car if traveling to Eilat, and no reason to rent a car if you are continuing across the border to Egypt or Jordan.
Services at Eilat Ramon Airport
Ramon Airport is a fully functional airport with modern facilities. The airport will have car rental counters, sim cards and foreign exchange, duty free stores, and eating options. The duty free will be offered as ‘duty free’ for international passengers, whilst domestic passengers traveling to Tel Aviv or Haifa, will be required to pay duty/VAT. A large parking lot will offer paid parking for airport passengers.
List of Airlines and flights serving Ramon Airport
The final list of airlines and flights serving Eilat Ramon Airport is not yet confirmed, but is expected to be as follows:
- Arkia – Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv Sde Dov, and Haifa
- Edelweiss – Zurich
- Finnair – Helsinki
- Israir – Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv Sde Dov, and Haia
- Ryanair – Baden Baden, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest,, Frankfurt-Hahn, Gdansk, Kaunas, Krakow, Milan, Pozdan, Prague, Warsaw
- SAS – Stockholm
- Transavia – Paris
- Ural Airlines – Moscow (currently not running)
- WizzAir – Bucharest, Katowice, Riga, Warsaw, Rome, Vienna
There is also an expectation that Ryanair, Israir, and Arkia will use Ramon Airport as a base meaning that they will have aircraft here overnight.
In addition to the above routes, there are rumors that easyJet will operate at Ramon Airport.