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Flights to resume at Misrata; first plane in three years lands at Ghadames

Misrata airport is to start operating again as of Thursday. It follows a partial deal between the Libyan Ground Services Company and the union representing striking employees.

Misrata closed for the second time this year, along with all other airports in the country except Tripoli’s Mitiga, a week and a half ago when the Libyan Ground Services Company failed to resolve the issue of a year’s unpaid salaries to baggage handers. Labraq and Tobruk reopened three days later after the interim government in Beida found the money to pay them.

The reopening announcement follows a separate one two days ago by private Libyan carrier Libyan Wings that it would be launching a twice-weekly service flights from Misrata to Tunis, on Mondays and Thursdays, as of 5 January.

Meanwhile, the first cargo plane in three years landed at Ghadames airport today. The C-130 military aircraft was carrying cash for local banks in both Ghadames and nearby Darj as well as medical supplies for Ghadames hospital as well as bank staff and some patients returning from hospital treatment in the capital.

Reports that Benghazi’s Benina airport today started partial services with a flight to Tunis have been denied by senior airport staff.

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