From Thursday, the Lebanese army will offer recreational flights by helicopter over the country’s skies as a new way to try to increase its funding.
The Lebanese Army’s website published the announcement of fifteen-minute air tours of two army bases in north and east Lebanon.
The cost of the trip is about one hundred and fifty dollars paid in cash.
Lebanon is suffering from the worst economic crisis in decades, with the Lebanese pound falling sharply against the dollar.
The crisis affected the Lebanese army as well, as meat was canceled from meals provided to soldiers from last summer.
The Lebanese army is facing great difficulty in paying the salaries of soldiers due to the severe economic crisis in the country, which the World Bank described as one of the worst crises in the world since the 1950s.
Flights on the Army’s Robinson R44 Raven helicopters will be available to passengers aged three and over. About three people are allowed to board each flight.
A military source told AFP that the goal was “to encourage Lebanese tourism in a new way, in addition to supporting the air force.”
Lebanon has been without a functioning government since a massive explosion in Beirut in August last year that killed more than 200 people and destroyed large swathes of the city.
Politicians failed to agree on a new cabinet even as foreign currency reserves dwindled, causing shortages of fuel, electricity and medicine.
Earlier this month, France hosted a donor conference in which 20 countries agreed to provide emergency aid to the Lebanese army.
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