FILE - A general view of the new Ramon International Airport in Timna Valley, north to Eilat, Israel June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen FILE - A general view of the new Ramon International Airport in Timna Valley, north to Eilat, Israel June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Jordan reiterates objection to new Israeli airport's location

Tue, Jan. 22, 2019
CAIRO - 22 January 2019: Jordan voiced condemnation of Israel's recent inauguration of its new Ramon airport that is very close to the two countries’ shared border near the Red Sea, saying that it can violate Jordan's airspace.

Jordan “reserves all options to ensure defending and protecting the kingdom’s interests," Jordan’s Civil Aviation Regulatory Commissioner, Haitham Misto, said, according to Jordan's Ammon News.

Misto said that Jordan rejects opening the airport in its current location, asserting that it violates international standards concerning the obligation to respect the airspace of other states.

Jordan has affirmed objecting to the $500 million Ramon airport since Israel began constructing it in 2013. The Kingdom said that aircraft landing at the Israeli airport can invade its airspace.

The new airport will replace Eilat’s current airport and the basic airport at Ovda, Times of Israel reported, adding that Ramon airport will initially receive 2 million passengers annually.

Relations between Israel and Jordan have been strained as no significant progress can be witnessed so far in the Palestinian cause.

Jordan has been also one of the countries that strongly denounced the US decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital and move its embassy there, a move which Amman believes jeopardizes the two-state solution for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
 
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