Statistics 474

Airport activity up 2% in the first 10 months of 2011. Figures released by the Hariri International Airport (HIA) show that the number of airport passengers (arrivals, departures and transit) totaled 4,737,489 in the first 10 months of 2011, up 1.7% from the same period last year, as reported by Lebanon This Week Byblos Bank's economic publication.

The UAE accounted for 833,828 passengers, or 17.6% of total passenger activity. It was followed by Saudi Arabia with 546,150 passengers, or 11.5% of the total; France with 461,704 travelers (9.8%) and Turkey with 393,779 travelers (8.3%).

The total number of flights reached 53,341 in the first 10 months of 2011, down 2.7% year-on-year. Middle East Airlines registered 17,395 flights, accounting for 32.6% of the total. It was distantly followed by Royal Jordanian Airlines with 2,426 flights or 4.5% of the total, Qatar Airways with 1,829 flights, Etihad Airways with 1,562 flights, Fly Dubai with 1,518 flights, and Saudi Arabian Airlines with 1,501 flights.

The UAE was the biggest source and destination of traffic to Lebanon, as aircraft movement to and from the UAE totaled 7,578 flights, accounting for 14.2% of the total. Also, the HIA processed 61,069 metric tons of cargo in the first 10 months of 2011, of which 60,356 tons of freight and 713 tons of mail.

MEA processed 17,907 tons of freight, of which 17,599 tons in regular freight and 308 tons in mail.


Migration to cities is increasing so much that, by 2050, the UN predicts that approximately two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities.


  • A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
  • The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on  Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
  • A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.




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