By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 17 November 2013:
Benghazi International Airport, at Benina is to almost double its apron space to accommodate a . . .[restrict]steady growth in traffic which this September had already reached 1.8 million passenger movements, as against 1.5 million for the whole of 2012.
A technical survey has shown that the current nine stands could be expanded to 17, said Aljareh Alkhafifi, the local council official in charge of the airport. The costings were promising he added, and a consultant was reviewing the implementation of the project. Tenders for the work were expected to be invited soon. Alkhafifi said that a South Korean-built temporary passenger terminal ought to be ready by the time the new aprons are completed.
He also revealed that UK consultants are reviewing the 2008 contract to build a new terminal, then costed at LD720 million. The work was originally awarded to Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin but, by the start of the revolution, only preliminary work and site preparation had begun.