The Eilat airport reopened on Saturday, after heavy rains and flooding caused it to close a day earlier. Some 4,000 passegers were scheduled to come through the facility Saturday, on 43 flights.
Workers were able to clear the landing strips and address all electrical issues before the airport resumed operations. The strips had been flooded Friday and several flights were delayed or diverted.
Two flights from Tel Aviv to Israel’s southernmost city — a popular vacation spot for both locals and tourists due to its usually sunny climate and seafront location — were diverted back to Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport. A third flight was diverted to the nearby Ovda Air Force base.
Also on Friday, the road connecting Eilat to the rest of Israel became so flooded that it had to be closed to incoming traffic. It was later reopened, with police directing traffic due to slippery conditions.
Rainy weather continued throughout Israel on Saturday, with road flooding and fallen trees reported mainly in Haifa.