Government to study expansion of airport

Beirut airport (File/AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s government is set to launch a study on expanding Rafik Hariri Beirut Airport, the public works and transportation minister said Tuesday. “We have agreed to hire a consultancy firm to prepare a feasibility study for expanding the airport,” Ghazi Aridi told reporters after a meeting of a ministerial committee in charge of the issue. The minister said expanding the airport has become necessary following the increase of passengers to more than 6 million a year. Aridi said ministers will consider during Wednesday’s Cabinet session opening a civilian airport in Qleiaat. “The issue is on the Cabinet’s agenda in tomorrow’s session and ministers will discuss hiring a consultancy firm to study the project,” he said. 


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 14, 2012, on page 5.




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