Lebanon capital’s renovated airport to open in August

Lebanese Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos announced on Thursday that Beirut’s newly renovated airport will start operations by Aug. 1, the National News Agency reported.

“Our airport will be similar to other airports all around the world in terms of fast operations and quality of services,” Fenianos said during his tour at the airport.

The new airport will have nine inspection machines and 36 booths for passports stamping, he revealed.

Beirut’s airport will also be capable of providing high internet speed service to all passengers.

Lebanese officials have on many occasions called for expansion of Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport in an effort to better serve the increasing passengers.

According to a study released by the airport in March 2018, as many as 10 million passengers are expected to travel through the Beirut Airport by 2020, which has the capacity of hosting only 6 million passengers annually.

In 2018, Lebanese Finance Ministry approved 18 million U.S. dollars in funding the expansion of the Beirut Airport.