Middle East Airlines is the flag-carrier and national airline of Lebanon. Founded in 1945 providing charter flights to five locations, Middle East Airlines now operates an international network across 20 countries. Headquartered in Beirut, the airline is owned by the central bank of Lebanon and employs over 10,000 staff.
From its hub at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, Middle East Airlines serves 31 destinations across Asia, Africa, the Gulf and Europe. Seasonal flights from Berlin, Copenhagen and Nice are popular with holidaymakers. UK passengers can fly direct from London Heathrow Airport through Lebanon to a wide network of locations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria and Qatar. Middle East Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Operating a contemporary fleet of Airbus aircraft Middle East Airlines looks to extend this for future routes.
Middle East Airlines check-in desks open three hour prior to scheduled departure. Passengers are advised to check in one hour before the flight and arrive at the gate at least 15 minutes before take-off.
All Middle East Airlines passengers are permitted one item of hand luggage weighing up to 10kg. Baggage restrictions for checked in luggage is subject to ticket class and destination. Passengers should check Middle East Airlines information for full details on limits and excess baggage fees.
The seat pitch on a Middle East Airlines flight is 32 inches as standard in Economy. Business Class passengers can enjoy a spacious seat pitch of 42-48 inches.
Frequent Flyer Programme
Middle East Airlines offer the frequent flyer programme Cedar Miles. Membership is available across three sections; Basic, Prestige, and Elite. Passengers can earn points to spend on reward flights and discounts on duty free shopping.
Middle East Airlines has recently announced the reopening of its route between Lebanon and Belgium. Passengers can now fly from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport to Brussels International three times a week. This is a vital route for travellers conducting business in the European Union.