The problem with building an international airport in the Negev is travel. Fact is 90% of visitors will want to be in the central region and the transport links from the airport are just no good. There are no high speed trains and even if there were the last thing a tourist wants to do when taking a trip to Israel is get out the airport and onto an overcrowded where your lucky to get a seat and uncomfortable train. The Negev is to far for taxis if they want to go to the centre of the country which they probably will want to do. Land might be cheap in the Negev but this airport has obviously not been dreamed up with the tourist in mind. We needed another international airport but it needed to be in the centre, if necessary offshore but the Negev is the last place we should be putting it.
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from the article: Construction on Israel's new international airport takes off