Israel to build island for new Tel Aviv airport

Israel to build island for new Tel Aviv airport

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported a plan for building an artificial island alongside a Tel Aviv beach to replace an airport due to be shut down.

Netanyahu backed the project proposed for Israel’s Mediterranean coast during a meeting with cabinet ministers and government officials to decide how to accommodate air traffic when Sde Dov Airport is closed.

The government decided in 2012 to shut the field because of its close proximity to Tel Aviv’s northern neighborhoods and concern over air and noise pollution, Bloomberg reported.

The larger Ben Gurion International Airport will receive most flights now at Sde Dov until the island is built on reclaimed land. Others will be routed to the southern resort town of Eilat, the prime minister said.

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