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Contrary to the experts' position: Regev insists on an airport in the south
In a discussion with the participation of the Ministry of Defense, the IDF and civilian transport bodies, the Minister ordered the promotion of an outline for the construction of a complementary airport to Ben Gurion Airport in the south. This is despite the recommendations of professionals, who claimed that this would not help open another entry route to Israel and even make it difficult to make it attractive to airlines and passengers.Tags
- Miri Regev
- Ben Gurion Airport
Keenan CohenMonday, 10 August 2020, 08:45
Yesterday (Sunday), the Minister of Transportation, Miri Regev, instructed the promotion of the construction of a complementary airport to Ben Gurion Airport in the south of the country, contrary to the recommendations of professionals. At a hearing attended by the Defense Ministry, the IDF, civil aviation bodies and lanes of Israel, Regev argued that the alternatives brought before it are not good, and that the construction of airport in the region is a "strategic national need."
In the discussion, presented Regev two guiding principles other than the location of the The new port, among other things, has determined that the Civil Aviation Authority will present another alternative south of the Nabataean airport by the end of October, as well as the need to examine locations that will allow connection to the eastern railroad tracks. Not an option. "
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Moreover, the Minister's additional call, to examine additional locations that would allow connection to the Eastern Railroad, entails another difficulty - because it does not actually exist in the southern region, and ends in Lod.
Of the 21 alternatives presented to the Minister, nine were in the southern region. Among the alternatives - sprouts, Hazor, Hawthorn, Masada, Hatzerim, Timna and Ovda. All were disqualified for various reasons except sprouts. Beyond that, however, factors involved in the survey processes and examination of alternatives have confirmed that a period of one and a half months is not enough to bring a real and serious survey.
Many experts have called for not choosing the southern region as an alternative location to the port, in part because it will continue to burden the existing route to Israel. Another difficulty arising from this location - making the airport attractive to airlines and passengers, while operating through a private operator. This is joined by security considerations, since any port to be built in the north or south will be exposed to threats from Hezbollah and Hamas.