On January 21st a history was made: Ramon Airport opened its gates and became the newest, most modern international airport in Israel. Ramon Airport ETM replaced the old and small Eilat Airport ETH for domestic flights and later in Winter 2019 will replace Ovda Airport VDA for international flights. After Ovda Airport closes its gates, Ramon Airport will become the second largest international gateway to Israel and the largest to southern Israel and the Red Sea. During the first stage of operation, Ramon Airport will be able to handle up to 2 million passengers a year. By the year 2030, it’s expected to expand to a capacity of 4.2 million passengers.
Where is Ramon Airport Located?
Ramon Airport ETM is located just 18 km north of Eilat. That’s significantly closer compared to Ovda VDA which is located 60 km away. It’ll make it much easier for residents of Eilat to travel abroad and for tourists to reach the Red Sea. On the other hand, domestic flights will no longer arrive directly to the hotel area in Eilat.
Ramon Airport – Departures Information
How to get to Ramon airport?
By bus: There are four Egged routes, two from the touristic areas and two from the residential neighborhoods. Line 30 departs from the central bus station every 20-30 minutes. Line 50 travels from Taba border crossing via the hotels in 20-30 minute intervals. Route 31 from the northern neighborhoods and line 32 from the southern districts operate between 05:00-08:00 only. A single ride costs ₪4.20.
By taxi: There’s a flat rate of ₪84 for a ride to Ramon Airport between 05:30-21:00, and ₪95 from 21:01 to 05:29, and on holidays and weekends. There’s an additional charge for luggage.
By car: If you travel from Eilat, the journey time to your destination is a short 15 minutes via Route 90. Parking fee is ₪5 an hour, or ₪25 a day. Residents of Eilat and Eilot holding a regional parking permit enjoy 36 hours of free parking.
By train: Well, this one doesn’t exist yet, but there’s a plan to connect Eilat and the terminal building by a rail link.
Departure Terminal at Ramon Airport
The new Airport which serves Eilat has a self-security check for domestic flights. There are also Duty-Free shops with products such as alcoholic beverages, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, candy, electronics and gadgets, mobile phones, glasses, sports, books, pop products, souvenirs, and toys. Have a seat at one of the restaurants and cafes located at the terminal. There’s a foreign exchange desk, information booth, and transportation services.
When do I check-in at Ramon Airport?
Domestic flights: You are advised to arrive at the airport at least 1:30 hours before takeoff time.
International flights: It’s recommended to arrive at Ramon Airport 3 hours before takeoff time. You must show a valid passport and any official documents, such as visa, required by the destination country.
For your convenience, there are self-service check-in kiosks at designated stations according to airline policy. After you have booked your flights you get the most accurate information on our flight tracker.
What airlines fly to and from Ramon Airport?
As of the beginning of 2019, all domestic flights to the old Eilat Airport ETH have moved to Ramon Airport. Arkia and Israir operate daily domestic flights to Ben Gurion Airport TLV, Sde Dov Airport SDV, and Haifa Airport HFA. If you are traveling to Tel Aviv, check our best restaurants in Tel Aviv list.
During the winter season, Ramon Airport will handle international flights instead of Ovda Airport VDA. The foreign airlines that are expected to land and depart here are Air Europa, easyJet, Edelweiss, Finnair, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS, Transavia, Ural Airlines, WizzAir.
Destinations from Ramon Airport
Flights to Tel Aviv and Haifa are available year-round. You can find cheap flights between October and March to destinations such as Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Helsinki, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bratislava, Budapest, Kaunas, Krakow, Prague, Warsaw–Modlin, Paris–Orly, Moscow–Domodedovo, St. Petersburg, Zurich, Madrid, Frankfurt, and Munich. This list will probably extend, so keep following!
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Ramon Airport – Arrivals Information
How to get to your destination from Ramon Airport
By bus: There are four Egged routes, two of which connect the airport to the touristic areas and two to the residential neighborhoods. Line 30 arrive at the central bus station and departs from Ramon Airport every 20-30 minutes. Line 50 travels to Taba border crossing via the hotels in 20-30 minute intervals. Route 31 to the northern neighborhoods and line 32 to the southern districts operate between 17:15-22:15 only. A single ride costs ₪4.20.
By taxi: There’s a flat rate of ₪84 for a ride to Eilat from Ramon Airport between 05:30-21:00, and ₪95 from 21:01 to 05:29, and on holidays and weekends. There’s an additional charge for luggage.
By car: If you travel to Eilat, the journey time to Ramon Airport is a short 15-20 minutes via Route 90. You can rent a car at one of the rental desks. Check the great deals on car rental from Ramon Airport at Skyscanner Car Rental.Find Cheap Hotels in Eilat
Other destinations in Israel
The bus route from Eilat to Beer Sheva will have a stop at the Ramon Airport. Therefore, passengers arriving at the airport will be able to travel to Beer Sheva. A new route from Eilat to Mitzpe Ramon will also have a stop at the Airport. Another route that’s expected to open in the future will pick up passengers from Ramon Airport to the Dead Sea.
Thanks to the location by the Red Sea, the new airport is also a gateway to southern Jordan. There’s easy access from here to Aqaba, and areas of Wadi Rum and Petra. You can take a cab from the airport to the border cross, or book a shuttle for a reasonable fee.
Egypt – Sinai
Egged bus line 50 travels from Ramon Airport all the way to Taba Border Crossing. Several shuttle companies offer shuttles on this route as well. From there you can quickly go to resorts in Sinai.