Israel’s main international airport in Tel Aviv 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.
According to Jerusalem Post the implementation a new runway monitoring system was started mid October following an “almost accident” situation, when an Italian charter plane was idling on the runway during the approach of an Israir jet. The pilot of the Israir plane saw the plane standing on the runway and notified the control tower, which could prevent the planes from colliding. The new monitoring system will use optical sensors and radar technology to avoid risky situations.
The news do not mention if other parts of the airport were also prepared for the handling of an A380, as AirlineWorld wrote about it earlier, there are more circumstances to consider around the reception of the giant plane. For Israel tourism is one of the key industries. The new terminal 3 was opened exactly 3 years ago (October 28, 2007) and it is really a huge and decorative building. Still, I am a little bit doubtful about A380s flying in to Tel Aviv in the near future. But let’s see. 🙂