Tunisia to Reopen Airspace for Libyan Flights to Tripoli

TUNIS — Tunisia will reopen part of its airspace to flights from western Libya for the first time in around six months, following the re-establishment of its consulate in Tripoli, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Last year Tunisia halted all flights to Tripoli and other airports in western Libya outside the control of the official government for security reasons after fighting in the neighbouring North African country worsened and most diplomats pulled out of the Libyan capital. Libya has two governments fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. The internationally recognised administration has been based in the east since losing control of Tripoli in August when an armed group seized the capital and parts of western Libya. Flights from Tunis to eastern Libya had never stopped. “We decided today to reopen Tunisian airspace to Libyan flights from Maitiga (Tripoli) and Misrata airports,” Hatem Mootamri, a top official in Tunisian civil aviation told Reuters. “The first trip will be next Friday from Maitiga to Sfax airport in Tunisia.” — Reuters

(Source: SaudiGazette.com.sa)

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