Ramon, who lost her husband, astronaut Ilan Ramon, in the Columbia
space crash in 2003 and their only son Assaf in an IAF jet accident in
2011, laid the cornerstone of an international airport baring their
names in Timna, outside Eilat on Thursday.
"I tried so many ways to memorialize him, and after the second
accident, of Assaf, I took it to another place," Ramon said following
the ceremony. "This is something far beyond the name, a lot more beyond
the symbolism and value."
The airport will service large jets to European destinations, and is
the first civilian airport to be built since the founding of the state.
The 4-year project will cost NIS 1.7 billion and replace the current
airport in Eilat.