By Libya Herald Staff
Tripoli, 20 May 2014:
The continued security issues in Benghazi and the resulting closure of Benina Airport led to . . .[restrict]a decision by Libyan Airlines to divert all its flights to the east of the country to Beida. This means that passengers face a road journey of around 200km between Benghazi and Beida.
The airline has announced that its flights normally flying to and from Benghazi will resume today using Beida’s Labraq Airport.
The president of Libyan Airlines Khaled Taynaz announced on his social media page that the airline is committed to transporting the injured to receive medical treatment, as well as carrying those who need to return to their homes in eastern Libya, who have been unable to do so since Benina Airport closed last week.
Libyan Airlines’ social media page announced that its Benghazi service to and from Amman, Jordan, would also use Labraq until 25 May. Some of these flights are transporting people wounded in the fighting for medical treatment in Jordan.
The Libya Herald was unable to contact Afriqiyah Airways to establish its plans. There have been reports that it does not intend to use Labraq.