Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz and the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) have decided to lengthen the sole runway at Haifa U Michaeli Airport by 316 m, to boost international traffic.
When completed in the 2020s, the extended 1,634 m runway will be able to accommodate Boeing B-737 narrowbodies, as well as Embraer E195 and Fokker 100 regional jet aircraft.
An IAA official told Jane’s that if the project proves successful in attracting substantial international traffic, the next stage would be to enlarge the existing 2,000 m 2 terminal building.
Three carriers – Arkia, Ayit Aviation and Tourism, and Israir – currently operate domestic flights from Haifa to Eilat Airport in southern Israel. Tus Airways did serve destinations in Cyprus until 2017, but it had to relocate these flights to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion (which is itself capacity-constrained) after acquiring larger aircraft.
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