Work is in hand to transform Jerusalem's pre-war Atarot-Kalandia airfield into a full size international airport capable of handling modern jets.
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Background: Work is in hand to transform Jerusalem's pre-war Atarot-Kalandia airfield into a full size international airport capable of handling modern jets.
The airfield was first built by the Royal Air Force in 1936. It had been later enlarged by the Jordanians, but not to Israeli Civil Aircraft security standards. Now, the Israelis plan to lengthen the runway to two thousand metres, and a quarter of a million cubic metres of soil and rock are to be shifted in the construction of new approach ways and facilities for the Occupied West Bank similar to those of Israel's existing international terminal, Lod Airport at Tel Aviv.
SYNOPSIS: Jerusalem's 35-year old airfield is to become an international airport capable of handling modern jetliners.
A quarter of a million cubic metres of soil and rock are being shifted for the construction of new approaches and facilities. The runway, originally built by the Royal Air Force in 1936, is being lengthened to two thousand metres.
The Israelis are spending two million pounds on the venture. The project plans to provide Jerusalem with the facilities for handling modern jets on international flights. At present, they all fly to Lod Airport at Tel Aviv.
Now, with this expensive lengthening, widening, resurfacing and reconstruction programme, Israel hopes to attract the big jets of the world's airlines to Jerusalem.