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Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

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Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, formerly known as Beirut International Airport, is a public airport located 9 kilometers from the center of Beirut, Lebanon. Along with the Port of Beirut, it is a main point of entry and the only commercial airport in operation in the country. The airport is owned by the Government of Lebanon and operated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Several airlines operate cargo and passenger – domestic and international – flights through Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. The airport is also the hub for the airlines Middle East Airlines (the country’s national carrier), Trans Mediterranean Airways, and MenaJet.

The airport was opened on April 23, 1954; it quickly grew to be the premier hub in the Middle East. However, the 1968 Israeli raid on Lebanon devastated several aircrafts and the war that followed caused severe damage to the airport. After the war ended in 1990, major reconstruction was done to rebuild and modernize the airport; the airport reopened on June 17, 2005, and was renamed the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport after Rafik Hariri, the assassinated former Prime Minister of the country.

The airport was closed then opened several times more – due to war. Today, the airport is open and had served more than 4,000,000 passengers in FY 2008. Facilities in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport include shops, cafes, restaurants, airline ticket offices, ATMs and banks, prayer room, postal service, disabled facilities, baggage wrapping, internet access, public telephones, and a 3-level parking area.







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Casino Du Liban
Jeita Grotto
Martyrs' Square
National Museum of Beirut
Notre Dame University
Our Lady of Lebanon
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