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Emirates says to add more Beirut flights in October

Dubai airline announces plans to start a third daily flight to Lebanese city from October 1

Emirates says to add more Beirut flights in October

Emirates Airline has announced plans to gradually increase its services to Beirut with a third daily flight, fully effective on October 1.

The addition of this service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Lebanon to 21, the Dubai-based carrier said in a statement.

It said that flight timings have been scheduled to facilitate more effective onward connections from Dubai to destinations in the United States such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as vital connections to Australian points like Sydney and Melbourne.

Some of the largest Lebanese communities reside in these countries with estimates of more than 3.5 million people of Lebanese origin in the United States, according to data from the Arab American Institute.

The third daily flight will be serviced by the 267 seat A340-300 in a three class configuration. EK 955 departs Dubai at 20:55 arriving in Beirut at 00:05 the next day. EK 956 leaves Beirut at 02:00, arriving in Dubai at 07:10.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations Centre, said: “Emirates’ expanded schedule from Beirut will offer enhanced connectivity for our customers when travelling onwards to destinations in the United States and Australia, where many of the major Lebanese communities can be found, making the journey more convenient for them. The third flight’s timings will also increase connectivity to key African points in our network.”

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