Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz attends a meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, June 14, 2015. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)
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A new airport planned by Israel near its border with Jordan is clouding the usually businesslike relationship the two neighbours have built since making peace in 1994 . Due to open next April, Ilan & Asaf Ramon airport at Timna, in Israel's desert south, will be 10 km from Jordan's King Hussein International airport. Katz said Israel was therefore free to open Ramon on its side of the border.Ramon will have a 3.6-km runway able to accommodate the largest airliners while King Hussein's runway length is a more limiting 3.1 km.Israel is planning for 10 times that capacity at Ramon.One Jordanian official based in the Aqaba area accused Israel of building Ramon airport to "market Petra" – the nearby archaeological wonder in Jordan – for excursions by tourists who would spend the bulk of their vacation in Eilat.
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