There are no slot constraints at BEY
Almost all Europe flights arrive in Beirut late at night.
I have to admit that I have not heard of many positive things about Iberia, but as long as they offer affordable fares, I think they will do fine.
The Eastern European carriers, JAT, CSA, TAROM, and Malev all do well in Beirut not because there is a lot of demand to Serbia and Montenegro, Czech Republic, Romania, or Hungary, but because they offer very affordable fares and convenient connections throughout Europe.
I hear they especially attract connections to Paris since AF
I agree that Iberia definately is probably the worst option to connect in Europe simply because of geographic location (you'd have to backtrack).
However they do offer lots of flights to South America as well as a few North America flights.
If connections are timed properly and fares are cheap, I think Iberia will do just fine.
I wish them the best of luck. It's good that Beirut has Spain service back.
That service is not operating anymore. It was a summer scheduled charter service for a Lebanese based tour operator called Nakhal.
MenaJet is currently operating 1x weekly BEY
and 2x weekly BEY
. Both services being scheduled charters operating for Nakhal as well. This is all they are flying at the moment.
According to Amadeus.net. There is a meal on the flight.
They definately would have to serve a meal.
Iberia's Beirut service will be the 2nd longest Europe route after London. It's only around 15 minutes shorter than London.
service has been growing greatly over the years.
Between January and November 2004, the airport handled 3.07 million passengers breaking the 50% capacity mark (the terminal is designed for 6 million). In all of 2003, the airport handled 2.84 million so this is quite a jump!
Total 2004 passenger numbers are yet to be released, however December is a very strong month because of the Christmas season. I predict it will be somewhere between 3.1 and 3.2 million.
So growth has been really impressive.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran