By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 1 August 2014:
The southern town of Brak Ashatti has asked the government to agree to the local air base . . .[restrict]to be turned into a commercial airport for regular national and international flights.
Members of Brak’s municipal council, its civil society organisations, its House of Representatives members and elders say that opening the air base for civilian flights would help to alleviate some of the strain felt by those who have to travel, especially for medical reasons, in light of the closures of the airports in Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha.
According to the airport director at Brak Amer Dao: “Technical maintenance operations for all airport facilities have been completed, including the airstrip, refueling station, halls, communications, security inspections, surveillance, administrative offices and service bureaus.”
It is reported that the president of the Civil Aviation Authority has inspected the air base and turned in a report to the government stating that it is ready.
The government, however, has not yet formally authorised the airport to begin operating civil flights.
A committee headed by Dao has been set up to press the government to to open the airport. [/restrict]