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Mideast airlines lose $7B as airports shut to combat virus

File - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, passengers wear protective masks walk in their way to their plane in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
File - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, workers wearing protective gear walk in front of the Middle East Airlines office as they spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 5, 2020. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
In this photo released by the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a tree planting ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Iran's supreme leader put the Islamic Republic on war footing Tuesday against the new coronavirus by ordering its armed forces to assist health officials in combating the outbreak — the deadliest outside of China — that authorities say has killed 77 people. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo, a shopkeeper, center, wearing a face mask and gloves, to help protect against the new coronavirus, talks with his customer at the Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran. The new coronavirus ravaging Iran is cutting into celebrations marking the Persian New Year, known as Nowruz. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Officials in Iran haven't announced the full results from parliamentary elections two days ago, but on Sunday the country's supreme leader accused enemy "propaganda" of trying to disuade people from voting by amplifying the threat of the coronavirus. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
File - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, a general view shows empty security counters and signage for coronavirus screening at the arrival terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Mideast airlines lose $7B as airports shut to combat virus

File - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, passengers wear protective masks walk in their way to their plane in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
File - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, workers wearing protective gear walk in front of the Middle East Airlines office as they spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 5, 2020. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
In this photo released by the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a tree planting ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Iran's supreme leader put the Islamic Republic on war footing Tuesday against the new coronavirus by ordering its armed forces to assist health officials in combating the outbreak — the deadliest outside of China — that authorities say has killed 77 people. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo, a shopkeeper, center, wearing a face mask and gloves, to help protect against the new coronavirus, talks with his customer at the Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran. The new coronavirus ravaging Iran is cutting into celebrations marking the Persian New Year, known as Nowruz. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Officials in Iran haven't announced the full results from parliamentary elections two days ago, but on Sunday the country's supreme leader accused enemy "propaganda" of trying to disuade people from voting by amplifying the threat of the coronavirus. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
File - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, a general view shows empty security counters and signage for coronavirus screening at the arrival terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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