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La
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Are there airports in Jerusalem or Masada? Or nearby?

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No, not at all. Israel has one international airport, Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV), between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There are smaller, domestic airports in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Eilat, and perhaps a couple of other places, but not Masada and the Jerusalem airport closed years ago. Israel is the size of New Jersey, and Masada is only an hour and a half drive from Jerusalem.

Douglas Duckett

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Thx

So the best way would be to go back to tel aviv & then fly to Elat?

By the way any tours?

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If you want to fly to Eilat the only way is to go to Tel Aviv.

What kind of tour? a tour of Eilat from Tel Aviv or something else?

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To go back to Tel Aviv from where. if you are at Masada, it pays to continue by rental car or bus to Eilat. By the time you drive back to TLV , get there earlier to meet requirements etc. etc. you could have driven.

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Exactly. Eilat is not THAT far -- perhaps a four- to five- hour drive from Jerusalem, slightly more from Tel Aviv, and about 3½-4 from Masada. It certainly would not be worth backtracking from, say, the Dead Sea to fly. So clarify where you coming from.

And when you say "go back to Tel Aviv," remember that the main airport is NOT in Tel Aviv. Are you talking about going to Ben-Gurion (TLV) or actually to Tel Aviv to fly out of Sde Dov (SDV).

Douglas Duckett

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6. Re: Airports

You could take a charter flight to Massada (there is a very small "airport" there) from Tel Aviv if you can afford that. The same you can hire to take you to Eilat from Massada or Tel Aviv but not from Jerusalem.

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There is an airstrip right next to the highway by Masada as Shoshi indicated. It is for private planes so it could be an option. The only thing is, once you land there, you will need to have a guide with a vehicle meet you because it is in the middle of the desert and how do you get anywhere from there? It is far too walk to anywhere from the airstrip. I often wondered how that worked.....

Edited: 22 March 2014, 01:30
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The airstrip is used by politicians when visiting Massada and they have no problem being picked up and so on. It is used for private flights with high rank and deep pockets business men and during the Opera performances for VIPs etc... So again it is only a matter of funds.

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I believe that the OP does not have any sense of Israel's small size. Unless one is a very wealthy VIP who needs security, I can't imagine why someone would charter a flight to Masada.

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As noted above, the Masada airfield (code: MTZ) is mostly served by private planes. Some private companies offer packacges that includes a flight + a car and a driver that pick you up from the airfield to some spots and then back to the airfield (mostly "romantic" packages). If you can afford it then it could be an option.

Generally, those are the daily-served by regular flights airports in Israel:

* Ben Gurion int'l (TLV)

official website: iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/BenGurion/

* Sdeh Dov (SDV)

official website: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/SdeDov/

* Eilat (ETH)

official website: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Eilat/

* Haifa (HFA)

official website: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Haifa/

* Rosh Pina (RPN) (north-east Galilee) (flights operated by Ayit)

official website: iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/RoshPina/

* Ein Yahav (EIY) (mid-Arava, between the Dead Sea and Eilat) (flights operated by El-Rom)

and the int'l terminal in the south, serviced seasonly by international flight to Eilat:

* Ovda int'l (VDA)

official website: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Ovda/

* Jerusalem (JRS)

The Jerusalem airport ("Atarot airport") is temporarily closed (although this has been for already 12 years now).

Active airports (mostly private planes and small private aviation companies):

* Herzliya (HRZ)

official website: www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Herzlia/

* Be'er Sheva (BEV)

* Meggido

Airfields where it is possible to land with a private plane:

* Kiryat Shmona (KSW)

* Mitzpeh Ramon (MIP)

* Yotvata (YOT)

* Fiq