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Getting around by air

Eilat’s municipal airport is right in the heart of town. There are plans for a new airport to be built in Timna, north of Eilat – when completed (estimated dates vary wildly, and some cynical locals doubt if it will ever happen) it will replace the current civil airports in Eilat and at the Ovda air-force base.

Both Arkia and Israir fly several times daily between Eilat and Sde Dov and Ben-Gurion airports in Tel Aviv (from US$25, 35 mins).

Ovda Airport is about 67km north of the centre of Eilat. It serves occasional charter flights from Europe as well as Arkia and El Al flights, but its distance from town means it’s not the most convenient landing post.