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Getting around by air

Ramon International Airport, in the Arava Valley 18km north of Eilat, will replace Eilat's city centre airport and Ovda Airport, long used by charter carriers from Europe. It will also serve as Israel's second full-service international airport. The new facility is named for Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and his son Assaf, an Israel Air Force pilot who was killed when his F-16 crashed.

Both Arkia (www.arkia.com) and Israir (www.israirairlines.com) link Eilat with Ben Gurion Airport (35 minutes) and Tel Aviv's Sde Dov several times a day. Arkia also goes to Haifa. Prices vary depending on demand, ranging from as low as 86NIS to 420NIS one way to/from Tel Aviv.

Low-cost airlines such as Finnair, Ryanair, Scandinavian, Transavia and Wizz offer nonstop services to Eilat from a wide variety of European cities. Many services are seasonal (winter and spring).