Ramon Airport will be served by scheduled domestic flights (from Tel Aviv and Haifa), and international low-cost, scheduled, and charter flights from Europe and Russia. A final flight schedule is not yet available. The airport will immediately take the capacity from Eilat Airport, of around 60 commercial aircraft movements a day, plus the movements from Ovda of 2 to 10 movements a day.
As of now, the following airlines and destinations are expected:
Israel’s third largest airline, Israir currently serves Eilat on its fleet of ATR 72 and Airbus A320 aircraft from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv Sde Dov, and Haifa Airport. Flights from Sde Dov and Haifa use ATR aircraft, whilst flights from Tel Aviv operate on ATR or Airbus aircraft. Israir also operates seasonal charter flights to Ovda Airport which will transfer to Ramon Airport upon opening, including regular charters from Paris.
Arkia Israel Airlines
Arkia is Israel’s second largest airline, and has been flying to Eilat for as long as the city had an airport. Today, Arkia is the largest carrier at Eilat Airport with flights throughout the day from Tel Aviv Sde Dov, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, and Haifa Airport. Arkia’s domestic flights are operated by ATR 72, Embrear 190, and Boeing 757 aircraft. With a large aircraft order with deliveries in the coming years, including further Embrear jets, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, it is expected that Arkia will operate more domestic flights on Embrear jets, and offer international flights to Ramon Airport using its new international fleet.
Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair, currently flies to Ovda Airport from four European cities – Bratislava, Krakow, Kaunas, and Budapest with two weekly flights from each city during the winter season. From October 2017, there will be additional flights from Frankfurt, Milan, Brussels, Baden-Baden, Hahn, Gdansk, Poznan, and Warsaw.
These flights are likely to transfer to Ramon Airport from mid 2017, with possible year-round flights and new European destinations. Ryanair has shown interest in basing aircraft in Israel, and with Ramon Airport being their only destination in the country, the carrier could quickly become one of Ramon’s most notable airlines.
Monarch currently serves Ovda Airport with weekly flights from London-Luton which are set to transfer to Ramon Airport after the new field opens.
Russian carrier, Ural Airlines operates three to six flights a week from Moscow to Eilat, currently landing at Ovda Airport. These operate year-round except for the summer months, and the airline could raise their capacity seeing Ramon Airport as a gateway to Southern Israel, plus the resorts of Egypt and Jordan nearby.
Leading low-cost airline, EasyJet have been investigating the possibility of flying to Ramon Airport, recently announcing that they are studying the feasibility of flights to Eilat.
WizzAir’s current winter only service from Warsaw to Ovda is likely to transfer to Ramon Airport once the new airport opens.