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Which Airlines Will Come Back To BEY  
User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1724 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

While BEY remains closed, at any point we should expect an announcement that it will reopen. Any guesses which airlines will or won't come back

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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6678 times:

Which airlines operated there before closure?

User currently offlineEMAlad From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6659 times:

I think MH used to have a flight going there, cos when I flew back from Sydney in 2003, the flight was to BEY via KUL.

Don't know if they still run it though.


User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1288 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

An ever increasing number of airlines were operating at Beirut prior to the recent events and I'm sure many will return gradually, some sooner than others.

I'd expect ME the home carrier then CY, MS, RB and RJ to be first, closely followed by AF, AZ, EK, EY, LH, KU, MS, OA, SV, TK. Then the load of smaller operators (regarding their BEY ops) like AH, AT, ET, KL, LO, MA, RO, etc. BA may be more cautious but I foresee a return, MH is unsure because of their current worldwide restructuring and the charters & seasonals (LT, OS, a couple others) will probably appear once there is enough of a season to their liking again.



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User currently offlineARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6637 times:

We still have to see how long it will take to get the airport repaired. Anybody knows how bad is the damage? I remember during the first weeks of the conflict the airport was badly bombed but I am not sure about how bad is it.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6622 times:

Quoting EMAlad (Reply 2):
I think MH used to have a flight going there, cos when I flew back from Sydney in 2003, the flight was to BEY via KUL.

Don't know if they still run it though.

They did run it right up to when the airport was closed. I was on their site the other day looking at fares and they had a notice that the BEY flight was moved to Damascus IIRC.



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User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6616 times:

BMED(BA) plan to return as soon as possible.

Regards

Mike


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6602 times:

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 3):
BA may be more cautious but I foresee a return,

I woulld expect them to return. This is from a press release on a BMed aircraft being used in evacuation flights from Cyprus to LGW:

Quote:
Beirut is a very special destination for BMED. It was the route that launched our company some 12 years ago



Quote:
Having flown into Beirut more than 30,000 times since 1994, we felt that we owed it to our valued customers and all those stranded in Beirut, who are seeking to escape the troubles, to offer our help with emergency efforts wherever we could.

That is why, in the height of our busy summer season, we were quick to offer our assistance to the British Embassy in Lebanon and to the FCO with their emergency plans. We are delighted that we have been asked to help this weekend by bringing home to the UK those who will have made the journey from Lebanon to Cyprus.”

http://www.flybmed.com/press.php?article=55

BMed clearly have close links with Beirut and Lebanon and so I would epxect them to resume limited services fairlu quickly after BEY re opens



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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6588 times:

So the big question is...

When will BEY re-open???

Any news from Beirut on this? Assuming there is nothing but flowers & happiness in Lebanon from the cease-fire forwards, how fast can BEY re-open?


User currently offlineORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Whomever starts service it won't be for a very long time. The runways and ramp were bombed to bits.

User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5083 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

I guess all the airlines the operated from there plus the home carrier.


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6534 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 8):
So the big question is...When will BEY re-open???

Very soon. BMed crews have been told to be ready to start flying on August 20.

Quoting ORDagent (Reply 9):
Whomever starts service it won't be for a very long time. The runways and ramp were bombed to bits.

What a disgraceful thing to do to an unarmed population. Why destroy civilian infrastructure like that? In any case, word is that the airport will reopen in the next few days, at least in some form. The taxiway that MEA used to evacuate their planes was once a runway so using it for civilian ops isn't so implausible. And I'm sure the terminal, in it's damaged state, is no worse than the old terminal was during the civil war.



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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6531 times:

And as for WHICH airlines, I predict all of them will return. There will be a lot of traffic for reconstruction, returning residents who were evacuated, and also foreigners who saw Lebanon during the attack, not as a "terrorist state" or as the old Lebanon of the 80s wracked by division and war, but a united and broadly pro-western nation wrongfully targetted by a belligerent neighbour, who'd like to show some solidarity. I would like to go there as soon as possible.


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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1724 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

I am planning to go there as well....just for solidarity!!!!

User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7525 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6389 times:

I would be inclined to fly them out at night and back in next morning.

User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

I believe that JU will be returning their BEG-BEY-DXB services as soon as it is "safe" to do so, meaning the airport is repaired to safely handle commercial flights.


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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1724 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6357 times:

I think BEY needs all the support it can get now...Beirut is safe indeed!!

I wonder what the airfares are going to be like??? Hopefully Airlines offer good rates as a welcome back service incentive


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25045 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6339 times:

Guys, you fail to grasp that the tourism industry for this year atleast has been ruined. Many people that might have had Lebanon on their vacation maps have long decided on other destinations.

In addition I know of atleast two multi national corporations which have decided to close their regional offices which were located in Beirut for good. One moving to the UAE, while the other plans on Turkey.

As a result business travel demand, particularly the non essential trips along with tourism traffic will be down for the foreseeable future.

Things will not snap back to pre war demand levels for some time as people reconsider the value of investing in or visiting Lebanon.



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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

Ethiopian had loaded schedules to BEY as of November to be daily. However, the closure of the airport and the chaos in the country came a week or two after this change.

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7459 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6242 times:

BMED will position an aircraft to BEY today (17 August) and will fly their first commercial BEY-LHR service tomorrow (18 August). I assume that the positioning flight is because at short notice selling seats would be difficult but assume there will be no trouble filling or nearly filling the aircraft on the return journey with many residents anxious to see friends and relatives after the recent hostilities.

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6116 times:

BBC News 24 are just reporting the first commercial flight has landed in Beirut


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7409 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6020 times:

Air France flights are already re-scheduled starting Sept.1st (Daily B773ER), but flights could be resumed even earlier, actually in the coming days, if the situation allows it.


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User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 849 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 22):
BBC News 24 are just reporting the first commercial flight has landed in Beirut

Indeed.

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Middle East Airlines passenger jet flew into Beirut airport from Jordan on Thursday as officials partially lifted a 36-day Israeli air blockade.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060817/...re_mi_ea/mideast_lebanon_airport_5

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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 23):
Air France flights are already re-scheduled starting Sept.1st (Daily B773ER), but flights could be resumed even earlier, actually in the coming days, if the situation allows it.

Excellent News FlySSC.  thumbsup 


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7409 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 22):
BBC News 24 are just reporting the first commercial flight has landed in Beirut

2 commercial flights landed today at BEY :

The first one was an MEA A321, incoming from AMM.
The second flight, also coming from AMM was operated by Royal Jordanian.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5954 times:

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 21):
without getting all political and liberal like other posts here.

If you're not wanting to get all political or "liberal", you are making some breathtakingly presumptuous statements here, views that may be shared by a few neocons in Washington but certainly not elsewhere, least of all in Lebanon itself.

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 21):
I would not want to vacation in a country in which the government is seemingly powerless or incapable to do anything about the terrorist threat that is running the country

What terrorist threat?! Hezbollah is a political party, they are part of the government.

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 21):
threatening other countries

A few bath toy unguided missiles hardly threaten Israel.

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 21):
endangering the lives of the residents of Lebanon.

Hezbollah exist to protect the Lebanese. It was Israel's bombs that killed 1300+.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
25 FlySSC : Is it confirmed ? I really doubt ... BEY Airport Manager has indicated today after the landing of RJ's flight from AMM that no more commercial flight
26 Jacobin777 : While it might be a too bit early, it would be nice to see an American-based carrier to BEY..maybe JFK-BEY.. I know its a bit off because of the polit
27 Post contains links and images FOMEA : Confirmed. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...0817/ids_photos_wl/r4079280543.jpg Regards F-OMEA.
28 FlySSC : Thanks Hassan ! This is actually the second aircraft comming from AMM. It was initially reported as a Royal Jordanian aircraft.
29 Post contains links and images FOMEA : Below is a pic of the actual 2nd flight from AMM. Here is the link . http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...1/f0e8596ba4754f4ba9ce2e31cd9376de So MEA
30 Yegbey01 : I think the BA flight also came from AMM (positioning flight I believe)
31 BEYauty : Where those regular commercial flights? What was the makeup of the passengers? Why would the Israelis lift the blockade just for those particular flig
32 Yegbey01 : these were humanitarian flights but did include some passengers (at least the MEA flight did for sure and tickets were for free!!!)
33 FlySSC : The BMED A321 was apparently carrying only freight.
34 Voodoo : Good news. Man... I remember just a few years ago a few people, at least, on this forum were dreaming/talking about when would El Al (and Palestinian
35 Alessandro : I think the demand for air travel will be high due to the other damage to the infrastructure. Golden days for the airlines who dare.
36 Soups : Maybe internal flights to the north (as in the 80s) will take off until the bridges are sorted out.
37 777way : Ok which European carriers fly to BEY besides these: Aeroflot Belavia Cyprus Airways Olympic Alitalia JAT Austrian Lufthansa Air France KLM British Ai
38 BrightCedars : You've some seasonals like Austrian Airlines or Hamburg Int'l and some low-cost/charter mix were planned to start soon like (was it TUI Germany?). Th
39 Emrecan : 777way: Turkish Airlines is also flying to BEY
40 Soups : Ukraine International Airlines Iberia turkish airlines Aeroflot Snowflake Thats what i can think of at the momet
41 777way : I do know Iberia and SAS have quit does that include Snowflake too?
42 VV701 : No. The passengers included members of the Save the Children Fund, Lord Hesketh (Chairman of BMED) and other invited dignitaries. One of the reasons
43 Humberside : Snowflake are no longer operating
44 A300 : I bet the Israelis will not be too happy if Iran Air and Mahan were to re-start their flights from Tehran.
45 Post contains links and images FlySSC : Who cares if they are happy or not ? This is not their business. They already devastated and ruined enough this country. I hope to see very soon agai
46 Yegbey01 : huh....I Hope we never see any airlines that have to do with Iran and Syria in Lebanon!! There are enough airlines that could fill the gap...BEY dose
47 FlySSC : THR-BEY-ORY was already operated by Iran Air, in summer 2004 (or was it 2003 already ?). It was a weekly flight on sunday morning. BEY just need any
48 Cedarjet : Too true. I think part of Lebanon's economic recovery during the 90s and into this century is a result of the complete deregulation of Beirut, any ai
49 LTBEWR : I suspect for the next couple of weeks, there will be limited service at BEY due to the damage of the facilities, the need to prioritize recovery good
50 Cedarjet : Probably true but hokey logic at it's worst - even if Iran and Syria had unfettered access to BEY, it would simply be easier to send arms by land acr
51 FlySSC : If Iran or Syria want to send arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, they have many other "safer" and more "discreet" possibilites to do so rather than using
52 Emrecan : FlySSC: `Moreover, the USA, Israel or any other country has no right to decide who can or cannot fly to/from BEY` I agree with you 100% .
53 MAS777 : I expect Malaysia Airlines will be monitoring the situation at BEY before sending its planes back. MH are currently routing their flights KUL-DXB-Dama
54 777way : I dont think it will be happening because the troops being sent may have to disarm and engage in battle with Hezbollah which is not a good thing for
55 GoMEA : FlySSC, any update on the BEY situation and AF returning... My return leg CDG-BEY on a trip BEY-CDG-SFO-CDG-BEY (the night of the 12th) is still valid
56 FlySSC : In AF's reservation systems, all flights to BEY were initially cancelled until Sept.14th. But the flights are now re-opened for reservations starting
57 GoMEA : Thanks FlySSC for the valuable info! I am going to try my luck or else, I'll have to fly EK to DXB then wait for 11h hours to get a connection to RUH!
58 Copenhagenboy : SAS has been asked from a danish touroperator to start charter flights again, SAS have said they will start again but not as a schedule flight, which
59 777way : Beirut seems to have most potential in developing economically and tourism wise in the region surrounding Israel, not much happening in Amman or Damas
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