By Houda Mzioudet.
Tunis, 5 August 2015:
Tunisia is to again allow flights to Tripoli and Misrata, according to the country’s transport minister, . . .[restrict]Mahmoud Ben Romdhane.
“We are coordinating with Libyan authorities to open airspace for Libyan carriers to fly to Tunisia as a first step and later we hope, after ensuring safety of Libyan airports, that Tunisian carriers start flights to Libyan aiports,” Ben Mahmoud told Radio Monastir yesterday.
He said he hoped that this would happen as soon as possible, possibly next week or the week after.
Tunisia has closed airspace to Libyan aircrafts from Misrata and Tripoli’s Mitiga airport since the summer of 2014 but continued to accept Libyan carriers flying from the eastern airports at Labraq and Tobruk.
The closure was seen as a political rather than a safety move. There have since been several reports that Tunisia would re-allow flights but these came to nothing.
A Tunisian aviation delegation visited Libya in April to establish if conditions were right for Tunisian carriers to fly to the country. [/restrict]