Lebanese minister: Beirut airport needs new safety infrastructure

March 29, 2016 18:39


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BEIRUT - Beirut airport needs at least $24 million to address pressing gaps in security, including a new wall and baggage inspection equipment, Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said on Tuesday.

Building a new perimeter wall - which will cost $1.4 million - is the most urgent priority, he told journalists at the airport while authorities in Cyprus, 200 km (125 miles) away, negotiated a safe end to the hijacking of an EgyptAir flight.

Beirut airport's decaying sea wall, protecting the western runway, is also a key concern and repairing it fully would cost up to $54 million, he said.

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