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Ovda Airport (Hebrew: נְמַל הַתְּעוּפָה עֻבְדָּה, Nemal HaTe'ufa Uvda; Arabic: مطار عوفدا) (IATA: VDA, ICAO: LLOV) is a military air base and civilian airport in the Uvda region of southern Israel, about 60 km (37 mi) north of the city of Eilat. It is the country's second international airport. Ovda was originally built as a military airport in 1980 following Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty because the Israeli Air Force needed alternative airfields to its Sinai bases. Nowadays, in addition to Air Force traffic, the airport also serves as the destination for many commercial flights to Eilat, especially for large aircraft which cannot use the shorter runway and limited apron space at Eilat Airport. The airport is expected to cease civilian flights once Eilat's new international airport in Timna opens.
a month ago
Security lady was rude, interrogating in a familial tone, talking down, I bet her management made her so bad, everything is from them! Israel really is in trouble in all diplomatic regards if they welcome tourists in such a offensive manner! Like Police! Security checks are super long. Took me over 1,5 hours to go through. Cut some of my appetite for vacation already! The worst people to deal with! The passport control man had huge purple sacks under the eyes as if he's sick or not sleeping a week long, no smile obviously! Some of the weirdest questions she put: "Are you travelling alone, why?", "Why not with someone?", "are you sure you're not meeting anyone in Israel?". "Show me your pictures on the phone - I want to see your work/employment proof.:?, "How come you are born in 1 country and have the passport of a second country and line a 3rd country?" - she took my phone and started scrolling through my private photos aside of just the reservation screenshot she was supposed to see!! How dare she??? I was supposed to prove her I am employed and am well off! Incredible! Romania by the way is not a poor country at all, and she told me, it is not a full EU member! I argued, she gave me bad looks as if she knows it all better than diplomats, and I dare not tell her a word! Wow, Israel Airport security is unfortunately, besides all, very not up to date in all international/political/diplomatic relations! Why give a no-visa entry if you suspect this country, they get off on humiliating people with derogatory questions???
a month ago
Reasonable security checks, however half of the staff is very rude in contrast to the other really friendly and hospitable ones. Bipolar place. Easy to navigate though due to its small size.
Giann Lucca Oliveri
16 days ago
When I arrived there I had to line up for about an hour and a half at the passport control This airport is not able to handle more than two flights a day. There was a Ryanair plane arriving every 20 minutes and only two people checking the passports of the non Israelis. During my holidays I booked two day trips one to Egypt and another to Jordan. On my way home I was rudely questioned by three security officers about my visits to the two countries. I had to feel like a criminal for travelling and booking trips via Local Israeli travel agencies. The security people when insane when they saw my Jordanian and Egypt stamps in my passport. I don’t know why.
a month ago
THis airport is horrible. The security is horrendous and it takes well over an hour just to get to the standard metal detector. The people are rude and the installations are old and pathetic. They asked me how I traveled around Israel in 2005 and then asked personal questions about my family history. Useless interrogation, then the girl told me she’s from Haifa and asked me who my friend I stayed with is in case she knew her. Are we at a bar having a drink or at an airport? You MUST be early for any flight from here. 2h is the minimum. I frequently fly all over Europe and am acostumbre to arrive Max 1hr before the flight and have never had a problem. Luckily I arrived here over two hours in advance. It’s an airport for cheap flights, you get what you pay for 😉
4 months ago
THEY DON'T STAMP ANYMORE AND YOU CAN TAKE AS MUCH LIQUIDS AS YOU LIKE! I think they might have overhauled the airport since the last season - the checks both into and out of Israel were very simple, probably simpler and quicker than in Ben Gurion. The staff were all quite professional and I didn't notice any shouting - the checks were standard as in all of Israel, I had a very thorough check, but it was quick and not unreasonably invasive. There's a free drinking water fountain and a nice place to lay down and relax. All in all not as bad as last year it seems.