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Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:09 pm

Leisure German carrier, HapagFly will be launching twice-weekly service to Beirut, Lebanon from Munich starting this November. Flights will operate on 737-800s.

One-way fares start at just €87.

HapagFly comes after LTU which began operating flights from Dusseldorf in summer 2003 on A320s and A321s.

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Lebanon is set to experience its strongest tourist season this year. So far, tourist arrivals this year have been up almost 40% from last year. The Ministry of Tourism will soon be launching an aggressive advertising campaign in an effort to further boost tourism numbers.

German citizens can get tourist visas on arrival in Beirut airport.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:13 pm

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
German citizens can get tourist visas on arrival in Beirut

wont that be a bit of a pain in the arse
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:21 pm

Quoting BA787 (Reply 1):
wont that be a bit of a pain in the arse

Depends on where you stick it.

Normally it goes into the passport, and is a one-minute procedure. The same goes for German or other EU tourists going to the USA. You fill out a form prior to arrival, at immigration they check if you're eligible (nationality + form filled correctly), then they stamp your passport. Easy as that.

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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:27 pm

Quoting BA787 (Reply 1):
wont that be a bit of a pain in the arse

No not at all. It is a fairly efficient process and Lebanese customs and immigration are pretty friendly and courteous.

It is definitely faster than entering the US without a visa as a citizen of a country participating in the visa waiver program.

Besides, Lebanon has lot to offer; the coexistence of the different cultures in Beirut is certainly fascinating.
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:31 pm

Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 3):
It is definitely faster than entering the US without a visa as a citizen of a country participating in the visa waiver program.

I've heard U.S. customs are a pain cheers T.C.
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:37 pm

Quoting BA787 (Reply 4):
I've heard U.S. customs are a pain

That depends on yourself more than you'd think.

Fill out your form correctly and for chrissake be friendly to them, and they get their job done in an efficient and courteous manner. I've been entering the US several times a year for a decade on a German passport on the green I-94W, and I've always experienced friendly and straightforward service, with very few exceptions.

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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:39 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 5):
That depends on yourself more than you'd think.

I cant really comment on U.S customs as I have never been to the U.S. Ive just heard theyre bad lol

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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:35 pm

Quoting BA787 (Reply 1):
wont that be a bit of a pain in the arse

You don't need any Visa if you stay in Lebanon less than 48 hours.

Actually, you don't really get a "Visa" at the airport : before going thru Immigration, you have to buy a Tax Stamp (around $17) and with that stamp, you go for passport check.
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:22 pm

I'm close to my 30th time entering Lebanon at BEY and I never had a problem with Visas. Being a Belgian national, I'd expect the same treatment for any other European citizen.

If you stay less than 48 hours, ir's a transit and it costs you nothing (experienced), if you stay less than 2-weeks, it's 17$. Take dollars, the bank rips you off on the Euro exchange; even better if you can spare 25,000 Lebanese Pounds from a previous trip (They could actually return you 500 Liras on 17$ but they never do). If you stay a month (4 weeks), then it's 34$ (50,000 Lebanese Pounds, here you're 'robbed' 1,000 Liras by the bank). The 4-week visa has a clause that allows you to exit shortly (less than a week to be safe) after it expires without penalty.

And if you become a very frequent visitor (like I have been at some point a few years ago), it is actually worth to invest in a multiple-entry visa from the local Lebanese embassy.

The customs people are rather courteous but the waiting time can sometimes be challenging, this considering that most entry/exit for John Doe Europeans like me takes place in the middle of the night; that is when the majority of affordable European flights operate in and out of BEY.

Will look into the option, I wonder how much would Condor (DE)'s BRU-MUC would connect and price to combine with this new service.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:07 am

Will this flight cater more to German tourists or Lebanese communities in Germany?

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
Lebanon is set to experience its strongest tourist season this year. So far, tourist arrivals this year have been up almost 40% from last year. The Ministry of Tourism will soon be launching an aggressive advertising campaign in an effort to further boost tourism numbers.

I assume this 40% increase more than offsets the drop last year attributed to the political tensions in Lebanon last year! This is great news for BEY and I hope more carriers follow suit!
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:32 am

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 9):
Will this flight cater more to German tourists or Lebanese communities in Germany?

i have the same question... Smile
but i feel the correct answer is the lebanese communities.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:41 am

Is this new flight a scheduled service?
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:23 am

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 8):
If you stay less than 48 hours, ir's a transit and it costs you nothing (experienced), if you stay less than 2-weeks, it's 17$. Take dollars, the bank rips you off on the Euro exchange; even better if you can spare 25,000 Lebanese Pounds from a previous trip (They could actually return you 500 Liras on 17$ but they never do). If you stay a month (4 weeks), then it's 34$ (50,000 Lebanese Pounds, here you're 'robbed' 1,000 Liras by the bank). The 4-week visa has a clause that allows you to exit shortly (less than a week to be safe) after it expires without penalty.

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure what kind of visas they offer and how much they cost since I always enter with my Lebanese passport.

Do you know if they will issue you multi-entry visas, or are those only available from a Lebanese embassy or consulate?

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 9):
Will this flight cater more to German tourists or Lebanese communities in Germany?

German tourists definitely.

The Lebanese community in Germany is negligible and I believe is mostly focused around the northern parts of Germany, specifically Hamburg and Berlin.

Quoting Humberside (Reply 11):
Is this new flight a scheduled service?

Yes.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:48 am

Any more expansion planned by the TUI group
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:19 am

Quoting BA (Reply 12):
Do you know if they will issue you multi-entry visas, or are those only available from a Lebanese embassy or consulate?

I'm afraid not, it'll have to be an embassy or consulate.

Quoting BA (Reply 12):
German tourists definitely.
The Lebanese community in Germany is negligible and I believe is mostly focused around the northern parts of Germany, specifically Hamburg and Berlin.

I wouldn't be so categorical, a lot of Lebanese live in Germany (not necessarily Bavaria but they could connect to the service) and make many flights to/from Beirut feel like a 'busta'.

I made an attempt at booking but it gave me a return option via CAI on TUI then TUI, any explanation? Is the routing actually MUC-BEY vv or some more exotic combinations? What is the frequency also, it seemed to return more than 1 per week?
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:25 am

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 14):
I wouldn't be so categorical, a lot of Lebanese live in Germany (not necessarily Bavaria but they could connect to the service) and make many flights to/from Beirut feel like a 'busta'.

What I meant is the Lebanese population in Germany is nowhere near as big as the Lebanese population in France (which is huge). I don't think the population is big enough to justify HapagFly launching flights from Munich to Beirut which is why these flights are catered mostly to German tourists.

I know this is the case for LTU's flights from Dusseldorf and MEA's summer seasonal flights to Dusseldorf as both airlines have contracts with local German vacation companies for the route.

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 14):
I made an attempt at booking but it gave me a return option via CAI on TUI then TUI, any explanation? Is the routing actually MUC-BEY vv or some more exotic combinations? What is the frequency also, it seemed to return more than 1 per week?

The frequency is twice weekly. It operates on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Monday return flight makes a stop in Cairo, but the Thursday return flight does not.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:58 am

As of winter-shedule 2006/2007 HLF will offer two weekly flights from MUC ,STR and TXL to Beirut and Tel Aviv (two different flights of course..)
This offer is part of HLF strategy to offer more new direct connections to ethnical destinations as well as new tourist -spots.
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 3):
Besides, Lebanon has lot to offer; the coexistence of the different cultures in Beirut is certainly fascinating.

Absolutely right, and I am glad to see that tourism is increasing in BEY! Which reminds me that I wanted to go there again this year as well...if only I had the time!
 
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RE: Hapagfly Launching Flights To Beirut, Lebanon

Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 16):
As of winter-shedule 2006/2007 HLF will offer two weekly flights from MUC ,STR and TXL to Beirut and Tel Aviv (two different flights of course..)

Thanks for the info. I found the weekly STR-BEY, but no TXL-BEY flights. Are you sure they are going to be operating from TXL as well?

Quoting Patroni (Reply 17):
Absolutely right, and I am glad to see that tourism is increasing in BEY! Which reminds me that I wanted to go there again this year as well...if only I had the time!

I am in Beirut right now and the tourist season hasn't really kicked off yet, however, I am surprised by the amount of western tourists I am seeing. I am glad to see they are coming!
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