Formerly Beirut International Airport, Beirut—Rafic Hariri International Airport serves the city of Beirut in Lebanon. Located nine kilometres from the city centre in the southern suburbs of Beirut, the airport is the only operational commercial airport in Lebanon, making it the main port of entry into the country, along with the Port of Beirut. It is a hub of the national carrier Middle East Airlines, as well as the Lebanese cargo carrier Trans Mediterranean Airways and the charter carriers Med Airways and Wings of Lebanon.
Beirut—Rafic Hariri International Airport’s passenger terminal has two wings: the East and West wings, which are connected by the main terminal. The terminal has 23 gates, 21 of which have jetways, while the remaining two are dual jetway gates for large aircraft. Each wing has its own departure gates, as well as a café, restaurant, newsstand, and tourism shop. In the main terminal there is the arrival area and the baggage area, as well as the waiting area for the public are in the ground level; the departure level, security checkpoint, ticketing, customs, and immigration are in the second level; the private airline lounges are in the third level; and the airport administration offices are in the fourth level.
Services and Facilities
The main terminal of the airport holds the duty-free shops, as well as a restaurant, lounges, and other shops that provide everything that passengers may need before, during, and after their flight. Beirut—Rafic Hariri International Airport contains all of the usual airport passenger services and facilities, from duty-free shops, cafes, restaurants, to banks, a post office, prayer rooms, and a tourist information centre. The airport also has a three-level car park with a total capacity of 2,350 cars. Premium passengers can benefit from the two lounges at the airport (Cedar Lounge and Byblos Lounge), which are located on the mezzanine level above the Duty Free area in the departure area. Cedar Lounge is owned and operated by Middle East Airlines and can accommodate a maximum of 300 seated passengers. The lounge has a variety of seating areas, a smoking area, a business centre, a children’s play area, a bar, and cafeteria. The Cedar Lounge is exclusively for Middle East Airlines business class passengers, as well as first- and business-class passengers of Air France, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Qatar Airways, and Saudia, among others. Byblos Lounge, on the other hand, is operated by the ground handler Lebanese Air Transport, and is open to most other airlines’ premium passengers that the Cedar Lounge do not accommodate, including Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Iran Air, Aeroflot, and Ethiopian Airlines, among others.
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