Ryanair has announced that its first route to Israel will link Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport with Ovda Airport, which serves the southern-Israel resort destination of Eilat on the Gulf of Eilat. Ryanair will begin operating twice-weekly service on the route on November 7.

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To be named after the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, the new international airport will replace existing airports in Ovda and Eilat. The airport will be located at Timna, 11 miles north of the southern seaside-resort town of Eilat.

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Israir will use this and another ATR 72-500 it has ordered to increase its capacity and service frequency on its main domestic route from Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport to the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

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