As Lebanon struggles with a critical shortage of essential goods and medicines, Emirates airline is trying to assist travellers by increasing the baggage allowances on flights.
The Dubai company will provide extra baggage allowance on flights to and from Lebanon, until September 30.
Economy and business-class travellers flying to Beirut from the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will be able to check in an additional 10 kilograms of baggage allowance on their flights.
Economy class passengers flying to Beirut from Australia will also be able to bring an additional 10kg of baggage when they fly.
Travellers flying to Lebanon via Dubai from the US, Canada, Brazil, Zambia, Angola, Guinea, Senegal, South Africa, Ivory Coast and Ghana will also be eligible to bring additional luggage.
Each passenger can carry one additional piece of checked luggage, weighing no more than 23kg.
The baggage allowance extensions apply to both inbound and outbound travel from Beirut. But from Canada, the US and Brazil, the increased capacity will be bookable only for those flying in economy class. Cabin baggage allowances remain the same on all flights.
To be able to bring extra baggage on flights, travellers should pre-book the service on Emirates's website or contact their travel agents.
The additional luggage allowance is designed to make it easier for people travelling to Lebanon and hoping to bring essential goods with them to help ease the current shortage of medicines and other goods.
Lebanon is facing one of the worst economic crises the world has seen in more than a century, according to the World Bank. Since late 2019, a severe economic crisis, caused in part by a shortage of foreign currency, has led to essential products such as fuel and medicine being subsidised and imported to Lebanon using severely depleted dollar reserves.
Authorities announced on Saturday that they will reduce fuel subsidies. The decision prompted a 66 per cent rise in prices overnight but is expected to ease shortages. Long queues formed in front of petrol stations, and there have been a number of incidents where deadly gunfights have erupted since the announcement.
Emirates has a long-standing commitment to Lebanon, having celebrated three decades of flying to Beirut earlier this year.
Since 1991, the Dubai airline has carried more than six million passengers on over 35,000 flights to the Lebanese capital. It currently operates two daily Boeing 777-300 ER flights from Dubai to Beirut.
Last year, the airline set up a humanitarian air bridge with Lebanon, dedicating flights to deliver much-needed emergency relief supplies, and collaborating with humanitarian organisations on the ground to assist recovery efforts after the Beirut port explosion.
People were also encouraged to donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles in exchange for cargo capacity on Emirates flights to help those affected. As a result, more than 160 tonnes of medical supplies, food, PPE, and other essential humanitarian items were delivered to Lebanon by Emirates.