In 97 Alitalia was flying to BEY from Rome only, so MEA didn't have competition on the Milan Route. Still they discontinued the route. Now that Alitalia is flying from Milan to BEY, it's gonna be even more difficult for MEA to attract pax.
but the lebanese are more attatched to Mea which was the only link between them and their country during the difficult war. If the price are the same there is no reasons not to attract pax. They have a good service and the plane is modern.