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Clashes Shut Mitiga Airport

By John Lee. In what has been described heaviest fighting in Tripoli for months, the city’s Mitiga Airport has been closed and at least 20 people have been killed. The clashes came following a failed attempt to release militants from a nearby jail. Several planes are reported to have been damaged. (Source: Reuters)

Max Air wins Contract to Evacuate Nigerians from Libya

By John Lee. Nigeria’s Max Air has reportedly signed an agreement with the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency to evacuate 3,184 of the 5,037 Nigerians expected to return from Libya. The company is expected to operate six flights using its Boeing 747-400 aircraft. (Sources: The Eagle Online, Daily Trust)

Tripoli-Tobruk Flights Suspended

By John Lee. Libya Herald reports that the Prime Minister of Libya’s Tobruk-based government, Abdullah Al-Thinni (pictured), has ordered the suspension of all Tripoli flights to Tobruk Airport. The move follows Tobruk Airport’s refusal to allow a UN plane carrying 29 House of Representatives (HoR) members to land. Tobruk-bound flights are now landing at Benghazi’s Benina […]

Benghazi Port Reopens after Three Years

By John Lee. Benghazi’s shipping port reopened on Sunday following a three-year closure. The port is used for general cargo, and to import gas and some refined petroleum. It closed in 2014 due to fighting between rival factions. Benghazi’s airport reopened in July. (Source: Reuters)

Buraq Air Resumes Operations

By John Lee. Buraq Air has announced that it will resume flights. The company said that three flights per day between Mitiga and Benghazi are expected to start on Wednesday 20th September, while flights to Labraq and Tobruk airports are expected to follow soon. It ceased operations in July due to financial difficulties (Source: Buraq […]

Militia holds Libyan Airlines chief Hostage

The chairman of Libyan Airlines, Fathi Al-Shatti, was reportedly seized by armed men nearly three weeks ago and is allegedly being held without charge at a base of the Rada Deterence Force, a local militia which controls the Mitiga Airport. African Aerospace quotes sources at Mitiga Airport as saying that Al-Shatti was kidnapped after he […]