Lebanon announces Beirut airport expansion

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday (November 1st) announced that the country is preparing to increase the capacity of its airport to accommodate five million extra passengers, Naharnet reported.

The move is part of a guideline prepared by the Ministry of Works and is based on a Middle East Airlines (MEA) donation to the government.

Hariri launched the "initial and urgent phase" of the project during an opening ceremony of the Middle East Training and Conferences Centre at Rafik Hariri International Airport.

When airport reconstruction began after the end of the civil war, he noted, the airport was receiving less than one and a half million passengers.

“Last year this airport received more than seven and a half million passengers,” he said. “The number this year will be bigger, because in July and August alone, the airport registered more than two million passengers."

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