"The traffic in the departure hall at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut is not very different from the traffic jam, especially with the end of the Hajj season and the beginning of the return of the pilgrims", Al Hayat wrote. Airport manager Fadi El Hassan is not surprised by the "traffic that peaks in August, we are in the heart of the tourist season back and forth." Al-Hassan told Al-Hayat that "this traffic is due to the coinciding times of pilgrimage, religious visits, charter flights and regular Lebanese flights, which are always at their peak this month." He stressed that "this year there is more demand for Hajj than in previous years." He said: "We expect the number of arrivals and departures this month to go to million and 200 thousand", which reveals that "the number in July (July) last was 22 million". He pointed out that "the emergency work is scheduled to start in November to replenish the airport to increase capacity for approximately 1 million extra passengers, adding that" the airport's basic capacity is 6 million passengers, but last year the total number of passengers 8 million and 236 thousand passengers "He said.
A member of the Democratic meeting, Bilal Abdullah, said to Twitter: "From the month that there are voices and complaints about the airport crisis and the suffering of the passengers, I propose to close the VIP salon all summer, so that all officials to feel the hardship and inconvenience of the guest, a catalyst for emergency treatment and for the HRC to immediately intervene in its freedom of movement and capacity. "
Activists on social networking sites continue to distribute images and videos that show a lot of traffic to passengers arriving at the airport.