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Emirates' Airbus A380 in Beirut, Fenianous says airport will become jewel of Lebanon's economy

Mar 31

 Emirates' Airbus A380 in Beirut, Fenianous says airport will become jewel of Lebanon's economy

The world's largest plane, Airbus A380, landed at Rafik Hariri International airport on Thursday arriving from Dubai.

The Emirates Airways plane was welcomed at the airport by Tourism Minister, Avedis Guidanian, representing President Michel Aoun, MP Ali Bazzi, representing Speaker of the House Nabih Berri, Public Works and Transportation Minister, Youssef Fenianos, representing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamad Al Chamesi, and Saudi charge d'affaires, Walid Al Boukhari.

Representing President Aoun, the Tourism Minister relayed His Excellency's great interest in the tourism sector, especially in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates. He also expressed the President's hope to have Lebanon receive tourists from the United Arab Emirates on a permanent basis.

'This is a historic event because this is the first time Beirut airport receives this type of aircraft,' Fenianos said.

He stressed as well that the expansion process that is currently taking place at the airport qualified it to receive these types of aircrafts.

'This giant aircraft is the jewel of the Emirates fleet. Rafik Hariri International Airport - Beirut will become the jewel of the Lebanese national economy once implementing the general guidelines, as well as its vision,' Fenianous added.

'We are delighted to receive this aircraft at Rafik Hariri International Airport, which has long been a key destination to the airline network in the region,' he added.

In turn, the UAE Ambassador to Lebanon said, 'I have been honored to represent the United Arab Emirates in Lebanon for many years, and I always feel that I am here in this country among my brothers. We are honored to be here today to receive the 380A aircraft for the first time at Beirut International Airport.'

The UAE diplomat also deemed the fact that Emirates has decided to operate this type of giant aircraft to Lebanon an outright proof of the depth of brotherly relations between Lebanon and the UAE.

'Emirates Airways was the first national carrier to connect the UAE and Lebanon. It began its flights between Dubai and Beirut in 1991, and today all our national carriers operate via this route,' he added.