Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport suffered damages after the huge explosion that took place on August 4, 2020 in the port of Beirut. Although the airport is located about 10 kilometers away, the airport was slightly damaged by the incident. However, it continues to operate flights.
According to statistics, 135 people have been killed and more than 5,000 injured so far. Unfortunately, the number of injured and dead is increasing, as the rescue mission is still ongoing. The material damage is huge.
According to initial reports, Lebanese officials said the blast was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse for six years. According to data from the United States Geological Survey, the explosion generated seismic waves equivalent to an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3.
As for the airport in Beirut, it seems that some salons have been affected, the windows have been put down and simply smashed. The roof at the airport entrance collapsed due to the explosion.
However, airlines such as the Emirates, Flydubai and Lebanon’s national airline, Middle East Airlines (MEA), continue to operate flights from the airport.
There is a probability that some flights will be slightly delayed, depending on the schedule, but still keep the initial flight time and the delay is not large. The airport resumed operations on July 1, following the coronavirus pandemic, after it was closed for several months.
Lebanese President Michael Aoun announced a three-day period of mourning and said the Lebanese government would release emergency funds worth £ 100 billion. Also, several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, have supported Lebanon in this critical situation.