Hello to all near or far!
As a frequent customer of Beirut Int'l Airport (BEY
) I have to say that I'm glad it is increasing its utilization however this raises some concerns for me as a passenger that I'd like to share with you all.
1. The current facility, especially the wings, are more of a concrete bunker than a modern airport feature. I mean where are the windows! It's Lebanon, there is Sun and a beautiful landscape! Would any new extension give us more chance to enjoy the surroundings and parked aircraft? For that matter, the windows in the business lounge are not very large either.
2. Customs are a nightmare for anyone, not to mention at peak seasons. You queue in the most random manner amid crowd and smoke. Something should definitely be done about this, whether the airport gets extended or not.
3. Smoke, I hinted about it in point 2. Can't they make the place a full non-smoking airport with smoking zones? Even MEA
has banned smoking. This again is just talking about improving the airport.
4. Make the wings happier places to be. The wings lack the most simple kind of entertainment and refreshment facilities. Please add some drink & food dispensers along them and try to put some TVs around the place.
5. Getting a visa stamp. Since the visa stamp is such an easy formality, wouldn't it be possible also to place a couple automated visa stamp dispensers prior to customs so that one doesn't have to queue with half its airplane at the one-manned desks?
I'm so glad to see the airport in need to extend. I hope this will happen to the benefit of MEA
. I have no special link with them but they have done such a tremendous job over the years before and after the 90's. I also want to see MenaJet grow (and have its online booking engine up and running!). I hope the Lebanese with MEA
will not do the mistake us Belgians did with our good old Sabena. I think they have more pride than us so I'm not too worried.
As for 787 (in this case 7-hate-7), it is a pity that this tragic event ever took place. But as some said, this is not the only highjacking that ever took place and this is not the whole history of Beirut Int'l Airport nor it's forever doom and burden. This is so easily brushing aside the courage and heroism of the millions of Lebanese civilians who were victims of the war and still are today because of comments like yours. At home or having to flee their beloved and lovable country? Loosing loved ones and family members, having your house shelled? Seeing your kids playing with bullet and shell casings? Hiding in the basement of your building for days in the dark and with little food hoping that the worse won't happen, not knowing of tomorrow. The hijacking of TWA's flight was wrong, everybody will agree. Yet if this World's equilibrium was based on the accumulation of the burden of wrong, then there wouldn't be a World at all by now.