The Lebanese army offers tourists helicopter rides – News


Rides aboard the Army’s Robinson R44 Raven helicopters would begin Thursday and would be open to passengers aged three and over.

The Lebanese army will begin this week to offer tourists helicopter rides in an attempt to replenish the coffers of one of the main institutions of the country affected by the crisis.

An economic crisis that the World Bank describes as possibly one of the worst in the world since the 1850s hit the Lebanese army hard, preventing it from paying enough troops to survive.

In an announcement on its website, the military said it would offer civilians the chance to see “Lebanon … from above” with 15-minute flights.

Rides aboard the Army’s Robinson R44 Raven helicopters would begin Thursday and would be open to passengers aged three and over.

Up to three people would be allowed on board per flight, which costs around $ 150 and must be paid in cash.

The aim is “to encourage Lebanese tourism in a new way, in addition to supporting the air force,” a military source told AFP.

The economic crisis has eaten away at the value of soldiers’ salaries and reduced the army’s budget for maintenance and equipment.

Towards the middle of last year, the military said it had cut meat from meals offered to service soldiers, due to rising food prices.

Lebanon has been without government since a massive explosion in Beirut last August killed more than 200 people and devastated entire swathes of the Mediterranean port city.

Politicians have failed to agree on a new cabinet makeup even as foreign exchange reserves collapse, causing shortages of fuel, electricity and medicine.

Earlier this month, France hosted a donors’ conference in which 20 countries agreed to provide emergency aid to the Lebanese military.



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