Jordan rejects Israel request to build airport near Aqaba

07 October, 19:01

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, OCTOBER 7 - Jordan has refused to allow Israel construct an airport near the port city of Aqaba for aviation safety, a senior civil aviation official said today.

    For several years, Israeli authorities have been contemplating to construct an airport near port city of Eilat, which borders Jordan city of Aqaba.

    Aqaba is served with King Hussein airport, which is also used for charter flights heading to and from Israel.

    In line with international aviation regulations, Israel is required to seek Jordan approval for constructing the airport because location is close to king Hussein airport. But Jordanian officials considered the airport direct threat to safety of the kingdom's airspace, said director of civil aviation authority, Mohammad Qaran.

    "We discovered that the proposed airport does not meet international standards for airports constructed in close proximity," Qaran was quoted by Petra news agency.

    "We informed Israel about our decision and asked them to look for alternative location" he added.

    Jordanian officials in Aqaba were concerned that the Israeli airport could pose serious risk on safety of traffic. Currently, king Hussein airport serves south Jordan city of Aqaba and Israel's city of Eilat.(ANSAmed).

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