Airlines fly to Beirut despite airport damage from massive port blast

Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Middle East Airlines are running services as normal
Beirut International Airport, Middle East Airlines, Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport
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Flights are continuing to operate in and out of Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport despite moderate damage to the airport resulting from the massive explosion that happened on Tuesday at the city’s seaport.

Lebanon’s main airport is 10 kilometres from the site of the blast, which killed at least 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others. The explosion happened after a fire started at the port and ignited 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in a warehouse since 2013.

But UAE airlines Emirates, Etihad and flydubai are all continuing services to and from Beirut as normal, The National reported.

Emirates operates twice daily flights to Beirut while Etihad flies to Lebanon’s capital once daily from Abu Dhabi.

Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines, will operate more than a dozen flights as normal on Wednesday, the airline said, despite the damage to the airport.

A spokesperson for the airline told The National that "no serious damage was sustained to any of MEA's fleet on the ground".

Flights in and out of Lebanon resumed on 1 July after three months of lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 68 people in the country.

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