Published on March 22nd, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


daa International Announce Partnership with Lebanese Air Transport

daa International has officially announced its partnership with Lebanese Air Transport (Charter) Co. (LAT) whose aviation service history spans over 63 years. The daa team will work as Technical Advisor on the new Terminal 2 project at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. During the design and construction phase, daa International will provide design input, validation, and operational insight. Upon opening, daa International will lead all elements of operations, commercial, aviation business development and facilities maintenance contract management.

The official project launch took place in Beirut on Monday 20th March. It was presided over by Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Azim Mikati and attended by the Minister of Public Works and Transport and Director General Civil Aviation, members of the Council of Ministers along with Irish Minister of State, James Browne and Irish the Ambassador to Lebanon, daa Group Chairman and SVP Partnerships daa International.

At the event, daa International’s CEO Nick Cole commented, “This is a fantastic, ambitious project that will greatly improve the overall passenger experience and service offering at Beirut International Airport. We are honoured to have such wonderful partners in LAT and project sponsors in the DGCA. We look forward to working together on this project and set the stage for a brighter future.”

The new Terminal 2 at Beirut International Airport will provide much-needed additional capacity to Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport. Ground-breaking on the project is anticipated to be in January 2024, with the commencement of operations in March 2027.

Irish Minister of State, James Browne said “daa International, working in partnership with Lebanese Air Transport will deliver global standards and expertise to this project whilst being focused on developing Lebanese talent within the terminal team.” He further said, “it is particularly positive to see cooperation between Irish and Lebanese business in the aviation industry continue to grow.”

Terminal 2 Key Statistics

  • The first expansion of the airport since 1998 despite passenger numbers increasing significantly during that time (2m-8.8m)
  • Direct Foreign Investment in fresh funds
  • Sustainability at the core of the development
  • Considerable economic benefits from direct and indirect employment as well as delivering dramatic improvements in passenger experience
  • Contribution to increased passengers capacity, tourist activity and government aeronautical income

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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