Fenianos says he will personally monitor the work being carried out.
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After making headlines for long lines, systems failures and a security turf war, Beirut's troubled airport is set to get an $18 million facelift, Lebanon's transportation minister announced Wednesday.Earlier this year, engineering firm Dar al-Handasah submitted studies it had conducted on what can be done to decrease the congestion in the airport building, and the CDR will begin implementing the improvement plans using the $18 million, Fenianos said.Dar al-Handasah had also pitched another plan to the government in January, which is aimed at expanding the airport. Beirut's airport is currently designed to handle up to 6 million passengers a year.However, the $18 million approved by Cabinet is just the start of the funds needed to improve the airport. Regarding suggestions by MPs of establishing airports at the Qleiaat or Riyaq air bases, Fenianos said that he did not oppose having airports in either area, but that he could not make any decisions on airports before the Civil Aviation Authority was formed.
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