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Palestinian Authority to build airport

18-Apr-2011 1:30 PM

Palestinian Authority (PA) announced plans to build an international airport near Jerusalem (Arab News, 16-Apr-2011). The airport is expected to handle all Palestinian civil and cargo service. The airport, which is to be built in a area between Jerusalem and Jericho, will cost USD340 million. Government planners have said that they have received approval from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and that they are seeking international funding. Transport Minister Sa’di Al-Kronz said the Palestinian Authority would not seek the pproval of Israeli government as the construction of an airport in the West Bank is included in the Oslo peace accord.