Direct flights to resume between Lebanon and the US?

According to this article from Al-Akhbar, Mohamad El-Hout (The CEO of MEA) is now working to convince the American authorities to remove the ban on MEA that was imposed in 1985 following the hijacking of a TWA plane at Beirut airport.

Aridi and Hout requested the resumption of air transport relations between Lebanon and the United States. One expert familiar with the issue said, “Hout went seeking US recognition of Beirut Airport’s ability, and the adequacy of its safety standards, to receive American airplanes and fly MEA planes to the United States.”

There has been an American ban on MEA since the hijacking of a TWA American passenger plane at Beirut Airport in 1985. Following this incident, the airport was put on the US terror list. MEA flights were banned from US airports and American airliners no longer flew to the airport in Lebanon.

The expert revealed that Hout took detailed files on MEA and Beirut airport to the DoT in America, including information on public safety standards at the airport, the technology used in this regard, as well as current capabilities and other related information. The DoT officials were satisfied with the information Aridi and Hout provided about the Lebanese carrier and the airport.

Telling by the actions Hout is taking, I wouldn’t be surprised if flights really resume some time in the near future. Given of course that politics will have nothing to do with the matter…

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5 Responses to Direct flights to resume between Lebanon and the US?

  1. ramie October 19, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    It won’t . the airport is in hizbollah land premises. that’a direct threat right there. Especially that hizbollah always hint hatred and jihad against the Americans, And they represent an enemy of the state.

    So don’t raise your hopes. maybe in a decade or so when this whole shenanigan is over

  2. Viking October 19, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Good luck. Good way to give hezbollah more opportunities to give Lebanon a bad name.

  3. phandy October 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    The ban was lifted on June 6, 2007 by president Bush. It was in the news and is mentioned on the Wikipedia page of Beirut airport. What ban are they talking about?

  4. maya October 21, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Exactly,it’s Hizballah occupied ,direct flights won’t resume to US and of course politics have 2 do with it

  5. Rana October 21, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    They’re talking about the ban that stops Lebanese airlines from flying directly to the US and vise versa. But of course no matter how much we want it to happen, Hizbullah tards won’t let it go our way, chou nsito, ma Amrica l chaytan l a3zam,,, ughhh these retards discust me.

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