A MEA airplane takes off from Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Friday, March 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos Tuesday announced the appointment of 125 new air-traffic controllers, after months of delay, the state-run National News Agency reported.In 2016, the Civil Service Council called on new applicants in order to fill gaps in numerous governmental agency postings. Applicants for the General Directorate of Aviation were 95 percent Muslims, while the other five percent were Christians. As for the airport's security, Fenianos said that there are vacant posts and gaps that need to be filled "so there are no security infiltrations".The minister also revealed that they are planning a $350 million expansion to accommodate the current and future increases in passengers numbers.In total, 30,009 commercial flights passed through Beirut's airport, with four more flights departing then arriving.
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