Israel's Transport Minister Israel Katz is proposing that Israel builds a second international airport in Nevatim in the Negev Desert, according to Ynet. The new airport would be used to support Israel's current international airport Ben Gurion Airport.
Nevatim Airport is currently a Military Airport in the northern Negev 5 miles south-east of Ber Sheva Israel's Cabinet has asked the Transport Minister Israel Katz and Defence Minister Ehud Barak to give their recommendations for whether Nevatim should be converted to an International Airport. It is believed that the surrounding local Government areas support Nevatim becoming an International Airport so help develop the economy of the Negev.
Israeli Government helping to cover El Al's security costs
El Al will be refunded $5.8 million of it's security costs in 2011 by the Israeli Government. The Israeli Government currently covers about 60% of El AL's security costs which will rise to 70% in 2012 and 80% when the European Open-Skies agreement is introduced.
Jacob Bilstein to Head the National Strategy Plan
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