By Houda Mzioudet,
Tunis, 29 January 2016:
There has been no decision to reinstate flights by Libya carriers to Tunis Carthage Airport or . . .[restrict]allow them to go to Hammamet’s Enfihda Airport, Kamel Sammari, a senior media official in the Tunisian General Directorate of Civil Aviation, has told the Libya Herald. Any such order would have to be taken by Tunisian prime minister, he said, and none had been made so far.
The use of Tunis Carthage Airport by Libyan carriers was stopped at the beginning of December as a security measure and flights redirected to Sfax following the 24 November suicide bombing in Tunis. It was supposed to last until 31 December but was then extended until 31 January.
Since then it has been reported that the Tunisian authorities were willing to allow Libyan aircraft to fly to Hammamet’s Enfihda airport, handled by a private Turkish company. So far, however, no Libya carrier has done so. Moreover, there have been reports that Sfax airport, now busy has some eight Libya flights a day, has threatened to go on strike if the Libyan carriers are allowed to fly to Tunis or Hammamet.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Tunisian civil aviation authority and TunisAir officials are currently again visiting Libyan airports to assess their safety.
“They will be back tomorrow, and will be presenting a report based on their visit soon,” Sammari said. [/restrict]