The Emirates’s first ever superjumbo revenue flight between Dubai and Beirut landed at Beirut’s international airport on 29 March 2018.
The Emirates said, the one-off flight from Dubai to Beirut with A380 was to see if Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport was ready to handle regular A380 service.
Emirates is targeting the growing tourism in Lebanon that welcomed 1.85 million tourists in 2017, and increasing passenger traffic between Lebanon and Gulf nations, where many Lebanese nationals work, and many more pass through on the way to destinations farther afield.
Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport, is the only international airport in Lebanon which require to be upgraded to accomodate increasing passenger traffic. The airport was renovated in 1992 after the civil war, to handle six million passengers annually, but the number has increased to more than eight million, resulting hours of waiting on arrival to pass the immigration.
The Government of Lebanon considering plans to upgrade the airport to handle 10 million passengers annually by 2020 with the investment of $US88 million to $US200 million.