Beirut Airport is preparing for its busiest summer in decades, with more than three times the usual number of flights scheduled from the Middle East.

The boost in traffic comes as Gulf Arabs begin to return in large numbers to Lebanon for vacations - the city had been a popular destination before the civil war which began in 1975.

"We normally have around 15 flights each week connecting Beirut with Riyadh, Jeddah and other Saudi cities," says a Lebanese civil aviation official. "This summer it will be close to 50 and other Gulf services will be up to around 21 a week instead of the usual seven."

Source: Flight International