Middle East Airlines Chairman Mohammed al-Hout held talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri during which he informed him on the company’s situation in light of the country’s political circumstances, as well as the efforts to evacuate Lebanese expatriates from the Ivory Coast.
“Improvement on the internal scene in Lebanon will positively affect the tourism sector,” Hout said.
Regarding the evacuation efforts, he stated: “The airlines has been sending an airplane a day to Abidjan since the start of the crisis.”
“We informed the Lebanese expatriates that MEA is willing to send more than one flight if it has to,” he revealed.
“Each flight being sent over to Abidjan is costing the company 50,000 dollars in losses because the ticket prices have been considerably reduced,” he stressed.
Hout told Berri: “This is not a great loss because the flights are serving the Lebanese expatriates and it’s important that their needs be met, especially those residing in Africa given the Ivory Coast’s crisis.”
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