- Advertising Agencies
- Architects

- Banks

- Car Dealers
- Car Rental
- Casinos
- Commerce
- Consulting
- Cosmetology
- Craft

- Data Processing &
Computer Systems
- Decoration &

- Editing
- Elementary Schools
- Engineering &
- Environment / Waste
Management Services
- Express Delivery

- Fashion
- Financial Services
- Food & Beverage
- Furnished Apartments

- Health / Beauty
- Higher & Vocational
- Home Appliances
- Hotels 3
- Hotels 4(A)
- Hotels 4(B)
- Hotels 5
- Hotel & Restaurant

- Industry
- Insurance
- Interior Design /
- Internet

- Jewelleries

- Lighting
- Luxury

- Media
- Music

- Office Equipment /
- Oriental Carpets
- Outside Decoration

- Printing
- Promotional Materials

- Real Estate
- Recruitment
- Restaurants

- Sanitary Wares
- Security
- Services
- Sweets

- Taxi
- Telecommunication &
Mobile Phones
- Transport
- Travel Agencies
- Technical Studies

- Watches
- Water Treatment



Back to archives Back to news
French Version

Lebanon bans air carriers from 38 countries for lack of proper security and safety measures

Lebanon's Civil Aviation Authority announced last week that it has banned air-carriers from a total of 38 countries from operating out of Rafik Hariri International Airport. The barred airlines were cited for failing to implement adequate security and public safety measures, and for non-compliance with international standards.

Carriers from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ecuador, Angola, Chad, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea, Congo, Libya, Kyrgystan, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, and Iraqi A6-ZYC crafts are among those forbidden to travel.

The announcement preceded the International Conference for Civil Aviation Security in Arab Countries that took place in Abu Dhabi over the weekend, where representatives from the Arab Civil Aviation Commission and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) convened to discuss regional aviation security.

Participants recommended the creation of an independent team of aviation security experts to monitor compliance with safety regulations.

The conference also called for appointing a Civil Aviation Arab Commission to develop regional air-travel legislation, and to finance the development of technical support programs promoting airport security. The recommended commission will also be charged with appointing experts and with funding the security monitoring body.

The director general of the Civil Aviation Organization Hamdi Shawq represented Lebanon in the 3-day conference along with Captain Osama Balaa from Middle East Airlines.

Jalal Haidar, president of Aviation Security for ICAO said: "Rafik Hariri International Airport is one of the best airports in the world in terms of its design. There is also evidence that its security standards are among the best regionally and internationally."

He added that the security and administration teams are "highly competent and have great experience."

Haidar said that ICAO had recently conducted a security evaluation at the airport, and the results were encouraging.

Shawq added: "The results and recommendations of the conference will positively reflect on the status of our airports and countries here in the Arab world, and the conference organizers believe that Lebanon has taken an important step in ensuring safe air travel."

He also noted that Lebanon's airport "will undoubtedly benefit from this conference because there will be a unified network of information between the Arab countries."

Next week, an ICAO team will arrive in Beirut to do a follow-up on Lebanon's compliance with international safety standards.

Despite the positive developments in regional air-travel, Lebanon's airline industry was dealt a blow when the Committee of Air Traffic Controllers issued a statement last week refusing to work night shifts in March 2006. The committee said "it will complete the required hours according to decree number 3559 dated October 21, 1980."

The decision was prompted by the airport administration's refusal to comply with a decision passed by the Shura Council late 2005 that said airport workers are entitled to overtime wages they have accumulated since 1975. "The administration is still insisting on not calculating the night shift hours as part of the controller's work schedule," the statement said.

Due to the air traffic controller's work stoppage, air-travel will stop from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily from March 1, 2006 until overtime salaries accumulated since January 1, 2001 are paid.

Beirut 13-02-2006
The Daily Star

Business News
Business Forum
Business Opportunities
Fairs & Exhibitions
Useful Addresses
Currency Exchange Rates
Some Marks
To see in Lebanon
Media of 1stlebanon
Impact of 1stlebanon
Add your company
Press Book
Flowers delivery Lebanon
Flowers delivery Dubai
Oriental food specialty
Lebanese wine
Real estate agency Beirut
Hotel Hamra-Beirut
Car rental
Rent a car lebanon
Reservation for your travel in Lebanon
Association des français de l'étranger
-section Liban
Diamond jewelry Lebanon
Jewelry manufacturer Lebanon
Jewelry watches-Swiss made watches
Diamond Swiss watches
Modern and comtemporary jewelry
Byzantine & Phoenician jewelry
Jewelry creation
Oriental, classical and traditional decoration
Hand made furniture
Construction management Lebanon
Projects development
Shoes manufacturer and distributor Lebanon
Sole agent of Philips & Whirlpool in Lebanon
Web development
Web marketing
Printing press services
Paper products
Insurance company Lebanon
Insurance Lebanon
Rent villas France
Hotels all over Syria
Hotel management company
University Lebanon
Arab Media News