. 975,000 people traveled to and from Beirut Airport! The Director General of Civil Aviation Mohammad Chehab said that this is a healthy number which indicates that people trust Lebanon more and more. However, this number kept growing. The airport has seen an increase of 17% in the number of passengers in August 2017 compared to the same month last year. The number has reached to 1,067,471 passengers. https://www.facebook.com/LebanesePlaneSpotters/photos/a.572432742873924.1073741832.295071327276735/1448088258641697/?type=3 The number of visitors in the airport is still growing in September where 40,000 travelers are using the airport every day. During the first eight months of 2017, 5,538,185 people traveled to and from Beirut Airport compared to 5,081,386 passengers last year. For this reason, the Lebanese government is seeking to expand the airport which currently can accommodate 5 million people annually. This increase in the number of passengers led to a massive traffic in the airport. Since August is the final month of summer vacations, expats and tourists were heading back to their countries. Also, thousands of people were leaving to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims. https://www.facebook.com/LebanesePlaneSpotters/videos/1448290575288132/ The expansion of the airport will offer more job opportunities to Lebanese people in different areas. Also, it will create an opportunity to offer more flights to Lebanon which will help the tourism sector, a major source of revenue for Lebanon, to generate more income.
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