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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 […]

Italy Defends Consortium Rebuilding Tripoli Airport

By John Lee. The Italian Embassy in Libya has rejected claims that the Italian consortium that was awarded the contract to rebuild Tripoli International Airport (TIA) passenger terminal is a fake company that disappeared after signing. Africa Intelligence said that Consorzio Aeneas consisted of two small firms operating on a very small scale, and that […]

Benghazi Airport Reopens

By John Lee. Benghazi’s Benina International Airport has reopened to commercial flights, just days after the defeat of terrorist groups in the city. The airport closed three years ago due to fighting, forcing travelers to use Labraq airport, a four-hour drive to the east of Benghazi. The first outbound flights were to Tripoli, Kufra and the Jordanian […]

Buraq Air Ceases Operations

By John Lee. Libya Herald has reported that Buraq Air has stopped all flights, closed its office in Tripoli, and has been uncontactable. Staff at the airline, which had been flying from Mitiga to Labraq and Tobruk, told Libya Herald that the company is in financial difficulties. Last month it suspended its service between Mitiga and Tunis. […]

First Landing in Tripoli Int’l Airport since 2014

By John Lee. Libya Observer reports that a Libyan Airlines plane has landed in Tripoli International Airport (TIA) for the first time since the airport was damaged by fighting in 2014. The jet was carrying President Fayez Al-Serraj and his accompanying delegation returning from Ethiopia. The airport was officially reopened in February. (Source: The Libya Observer)