Hariri heads a conference at the Serail in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Civil society was involved for the first time in the development of a proposed second terminal for Beirut's airport at a high-level meeting Monday.Haddad said the new committee would be involved not only in overseeing the airport expansion, but in all projects implemented under the Public-Private Partnership law, which was enacted in September 2017 .Hayek told The Daily Star that the project has a $500 million budget and will increase airport capacity by 6 million passengers a year, from its existing 6 million, and that a third terminal is ultimately envisioned.Passengers hoping for a quick expansion of the airport's capacity, however, will be disappointed: Contracts to build the new terminal will not be awarded for another 18 months, and it will take around another four years to build after that.
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