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Foreign operators cautiously resume Benghazi operations

Posted 21 August 2017 · Add Comment

Foreign airlines have slowly begun operating commercial flights to/from Benghazi, just weeks after local Libyan carriers resumed their own scheduled passenger services to/from the eastern Libyan city, reports ch-aviation.

Earlier this week, a B737-300, operating for Syria's FlyDamas arrived in Benghazi with a delegation of seventy businessmen onboard. The service marks the first commercial passenger flight operated by a Syrian airline into Benina airfield after Libya broke off relations with Syria in the wake of the fall of the regime of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi. 

Also this week, a committee from Royal Jordanian arrived in Benghazi to evaluate the airport's suitability for commercial flights. As with an Egyptian civil aviation authority delegation that visited the airport in early August, the Jordanian delegation has yet to make its decision on Benghazi flights known.

Meanwhile, Afriqiyah Airways has signed an MoU with Benghazi municipality in which the airline will assist residents of Libya's Eastern Province with medical travel in both general and in extreme circumstances. The local government will, in turn, help the airline overcome the obstacles its operations face in the region.

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