Report: Beirut Airport Freight under Scrutiny

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Zoaiter Vows Freight Improvements at Beirut Airport after Coming under Scrutiny

Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zoaiter vowed on Friday to improve conditions at Rafik Hariri International Airport after British Airways was ordered by authorities in London to stop cargo movements from the facility.

During a press conference, Zoaiter said: “The changes introduced by British Airways compel some changes at the airport.”

“The airport will get equipment to detect explosives,” he added.

As Safir daily reported on Friday that the airline has been ordered to stop the transport of goods starting March after the airport failed to meet international inspection standards.

Informed sources told the newspaper that other countries were mulling to take a similar decision if the facility's authorities did not seek to improve cargo inspection measures.

Britain's decision came in light of a study that placed Rafik Hariri International Airport in the same ranking as Sudan and Djibouti.

Such a dangerous ranking threatens to put Lebanon on the blacklist of freight traffic, the sources warned.

It could also affect passenger traffic, they said.

According to As Safir, revenues from cargo traffic at the airport reach around LL35.6 billion monthly.

The report comes after Health Minister Wael Abou Faour said last month that the conditions at the airport’s food and medicine warehouses remained "tragic.”

He has said there had been serious violations as a result of a lack of adherence to the guidelines of safe storage and handling of food and other goods.

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Comments 19
Thumb marcus 27 February 2015, 08:57

According to As Safir, revenues from cargo traffic at the airport reach around LL35.6 billion monthly.

more than 50% of these revenues go to amal and hezbollah and to corrupt officials.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 February 2015, 11:56

this must be why Khalil, a Amal party member, is waging a campaign against corruption at the customs, right?

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Local/2015/Feb-19/287928-khalil-web-of-corruption-controlling-customs-department.ashx

Missing thatisit 27 February 2015, 12:43

Berri dude fighting corruption! yeah right

Missing helicopter 28 February 2015, 04:08

In pretense so as to appear they are reforming. The fox can not guard the Chicken, HA and Amal are the fox.

Thumb saturn 27 February 2015, 09:04

Rafik Hariri International Airport in the same ranking as Sudan and Djibouti. LOL.

Default-user-icon marcus Guest (Guest) 27 February 2015, 09:27

That's what you have to comment?

Thumb saturn 27 February 2015, 11:01

Pretty painful excerpt from the article, isn't it?!

Missing helicopter 28 February 2015, 04:09

A Zoiater is in Charge, what do you expect. HA and Amal can turn gold into dirt.

Thumb rssalman 27 February 2015, 14:31

the only reason this crook is fighting corruption, is to weaken hezbollah. berri wants to regain his wartime role as the only shiite leader

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 February 2015, 16:47

Did you read his mind or did he send you a telex to inform you of that?

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 February 2015, 16:47

Did you read his mind of did he send you a telex to inform you of that?

Missing coolmec 27 February 2015, 14:39

@rsslman
Berri will never be able to be the absolute chiite leader. He cannot surpass HA;s nasrllah

Thumb whyaskwhy 27 February 2015, 19:09

Mr Zoater could not be too popular with his clan eh?

Thumb Elemental 27 February 2015, 19:57

Zoaiter: enough said lol.

Missing humble 28 February 2015, 00:29

Airport under Ebola control...like many other parts of the country.

Missing helicopter 28 February 2015, 04:13

This is why they have to build all these shanty houses on Public land surrounding the airport. Construct the human demographic map to ensure control of the airport. OUTLAWS masked as resistance,

Missing humble 28 February 2015, 00:31

Norma Jean
Congratulations on your pertinent and intelligent remarks

Missing humble 28 February 2015, 00:35

What are they doing on the mountain summits of Tannourine???

Default-user-icon Zorro (Guest) 28 February 2015, 12:12

ليس بمطار بيروت. بل إنه مطار عصابة إرهاب عالمي اسمها "حزب الله".