Beirut Airport Departures BEY

Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport

Phone: 009611628000
Airport codes
IATA airport code: BEY
ICAO airport code: OLBA
Currency: Lebanese pound. Currency code LBP.

BEY Departures today

Beirut (Lebanon) flight schedule and departure times from Rafic Hariri Intl to Beirut (Lebanon).

Discover Rafic Hariri international airport departures

The airport is actually the only one that conducts commercial Beirut flight departures in Lebanon. It is located south of the capital, about 9 kilometers from the center. Most Beirut international airport departures are with the national airline MEA (Midle East Airlines).

The first flights from the airport were already carried out in 1954. It then took over a much smaller airport located nearby. Due to an Israeli assault and Lebanese civil war, the airport has not had an easy time. Only in 1994 did a reconstruction start with a completely new terminal for Beirut Rafic Hariri departures a few years later. There was access for 12 gates with an extension to 23 boarding gates a few years later. This has ensured that there was a capacity for 6 million passengers per year. Subsequently, runways were replaced and added to increase the Beirut airport departures. Due to a new war in 2006, many damages were again inflicted on the airport. It was reopened for commercial flights a few months after the damage caused by the war. Finally, even in 2018 there have been Rafic Hariri airport departures from the largest passenger plane (A380) in the world.

Beirut Airport terminal

A newly renovated terminal was opened at Beirut Airport in 2019 to expand the passenger and cargo Rafic Hariri airport departures.

There is 1 terminal, which is seen as the main building, followed by a West and East Wing to which all gates are linked. The renovated terminal has 23 gates. 21 gates have a walkway to the aircraft, 2 of which can also be used for large aircraft such as the Airbus A380. In the main terminal are lounges, restaurants, and shopping options. There are several floors:

  • Ground Level: this is the arrival area. After you arrive by plane you walk through the passport control to baggage claim. This is where you come to collect your luggage. There are a few shops here before you walk through customs.
  • Second Level: if you depart from Beirut, your journey starts here. Here are the ticketing and check-in counters. After you have checked-in you go via customs and immigration to the Beirut airport departures area. There you will find the duty free shops and eateries.
  • Third Level: there is a restaurant available with some prayer rooms and lounges for private airlines.
  • Fourth Level: only available for personnel. The administration offices are located over here.
Flight routes

With an average of 70 Beirut Rafic Hariri airport departures a week, passengers fly with AtlasGlobal, Pegasus Airlines, Middle East Airlines and Turkish Airlines to Istanbul Airport. Around a million people will fly this route every year. Other popular airlines are:

  • Air France
  • Emirates
  • Eurowings
  • Etihad Airways
  • Saudia
  • Transavia


Most Beirut departures are going to Turkey (Istanbul) followed by the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

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