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Ovda Airport

Airport information
ICAOLLOV  Location of airport in Israel
Airport typePublic/Military
ServesEilat, Israel
Locationnorth of Eilat, Israel
Elevation445 m (1492 ft)

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Ovda Airport ( , Nemal HaTe'ufa Uvda, ) , is a military and civilian airport in Israel, and the country's second international airport, located in the south of the country about 60 km (40 miles) north of the city of Eilat. Ovda was originally built as a military airport in 1980 following Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty because the Israeli Air Force needed alternative airfields to its Sinai bases. Nowadays, the airport also serves as the destination for many commercial flights to Eilat, especially for large planes which cannot use the shorter runway at Eilat Airport, although it is still used by the air force. The airport is expected to cease civilian flights once Eilat's new international airport in Timna opens.

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