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Lebanon/Greece To Sign Air Transport Agreement  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Greek President Constantinos Stephanopoulos is currently in Lebanon on a 3-day official visit. He will be signing many agreements with Lebanon including a passenger air transport agreement. Anyone have any idea what kind of agreement it could be?

Here are the two articles:
http://www.lebanonwire.com/0401/04012111DS.asp
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Story/80E3AE1AEF7BB24442256E220034FB35?OpenDocument&PRINT

Olympic Airways already flies to Beirut (BEY) from Athens (ATH) 4x weekly on 737-400s. MEA flies to Athens (ATH) 3x weekly on A321-200s.

What more do you think this agreement would do? Could it simply be an Open Skies agreement for 5th freedom rights?

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

I don't really understand the point of it.

Maybe this is a strategic decision taken by the government in order to allow MEA to send the thousands strong lebanese olympic team to athens in the summer.



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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

AirxLiban

Think of it this way... What if the agreement means that other airlines can operate the route. That would open up the possibility of Thai, Singapore and so on... to fly to ATH via BEY where they can exercise 5th freedom rights.



User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Perhaps it is indeed 5th freedom rights. Who knows.....

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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