New runway for Ben Gurion

Ben Gurion Airport unveiled a new runway.

Israel’s main international airport opened the nearly two-mile-long runway on Wednesday. Officials said it would accommodate the new Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane.

Renovations at the airport also aimed to address chronic safety problems caused by the limited view of the previous runway available to the control tower.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said Israel has yet to fully meet international air-traffic safety and logistical standards, but that it should be addressed by 2009.

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