The Government of Lebanon has launched the preparatory phase of the expansion of the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut. The phase includes the preparation of financial, technical and legal feasibility studies for the project, which aims to raise the capacity of the airport to 20 million passengers annually.
The airport opened on 23 April 1954, replacing the much smaller Bir Hassan Airfield which was located a short distance north. In 2017, the airport handled eight million passengers.
The government is being assisted in implementing the PPP project by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), technical consultant ICF SH & E, Lebanese firm SETS and international law firm DLA Piper.