Middle East Airlines

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Middle East Airlines (Arabic: طيران الشرق الأوسط) is an airline based in Lebanon. It flies between the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

History[change | change source]

An MEA Airbus A330-200

Middle East Airlines opened for business on May 31, 1945. It was opened by Saeb Salam, with support from BOAC. MEA's work started on January 1, 1946 with flights between Beirut and Nicosia. Then its airplanes started to fly to Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and Cyprus. The company bought two Douglas DC-3 planes in mid-1946.

On September 7, 2006, Israel ended its 8-week long air blockade on Lebanon. A Middle East Airlines plane from Paris flew to the Rafik Hariri International Airport at 6:06 p.m. Lebanese time (3:03 p.m. GMT). MEA resumed its normal flight timetable on September 11, 2006.

Destinations[change | change source]

An MEA Airbus A330-200 at Roissy Airport in France

Middle East Airlines flies its planes to these countries and their cities (since June 2006):

Africa[change | change source]

Asia[change | change source]

Europe[change | change source]

New routes[change | change source]

With the beginning of its new Spring 2006 timetable, MEA has been flying to these cities very often:

  • Frankfurt am Main - 3x weekly (4x weekly in the summer) to 4x weekly (5x weekly in the summer)
  • Riyadh - 5x weekly to 6x weekly