Air traffic control and management: Simulating the skies of Lebanon

Posted: 2 November 2018 | | No comments yet

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which manages and operates Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport in the heart of Lebanon, has undertaken an extensive 10-year reconstruction programme to rebuild the airport following decades of sustained damage during conflicts. Airways New Zealand explains how an innovative approach to air traffic control has ensured the airport is once again one of the Middle East’s critical transport hubs.


More than 71,000 aircraft movements are now handled annually by DGCA at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, with over 50 airlines operating flights to and from destinations throughout the Middle East and internationally. Passenger use and aircraft movements at the airport have increased each year since 1990, with more than 8.2 million passengers using the airport in 2017, and that number is expected to reach 10 million by 2020.

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