Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba visited the Ministry of Transportation Sunday, during which he held a meeting in the presence of the Minister of Transportation, Mohamed Al-Shahoubi, the Undersecretaries of the Ministry, and components of the aviation sector.
The meeting was devoted to following up the problems of air transport and the conditions of local airports.
23 planes destroyed during Libya’s militia wars
During the meeting, the Minister of Transport pointed out that 15 Libyan Airlines planes and 8 African Airlines planes were completely destroyed as a result of the wars. There were also more than 14 planes not in use, needing maintenance, in addition to the existence of a number of administrative and technical problems that negatively affect the regularity of their work.
Measures taken to lift EU flight bans
The meeting also heard the Civil Aviation Authority’s plan for its digital transformation project to develop the authority, which will last for 10 months, and aims to reissue air transport certificates, qualify civil aviation inspectors, and establish a database and operations centre, given that these measures will contribute to lifting the ban on Libyan airports.
In his response, Aldabaiba stressed the need to support the private sector in the field of aviation and to pay attention to all workers in the air transport sector.
He considered the current activation of seven domestic airports a good step for the benefit of airports, stressing the need to work on activating them internationally.
Meanwhile, speaking to Libya Herald, Sami Al-Abash, the Director General of the Transportation Projects Execution Authority, said Aldabaiba had stressed the necessity of starting the construction of the passenger terminal at Tripoli International Airport. This, after Aldabiba said he had addressed the difficulties that faced the start of the project, while continuing the contractual procedures, and coordinating with the Audit Bureau to complete it.
Benghazi’s Benina Airport 40 percent complete – Daewoo to complete by end of 2023
Al-Abash said Aldabaiba also stressed the need for executive follow-up to the timetable for the establishment of the passenger terminal at Benina Benghazi Airport by the Korean construction company Daewoo. Aldabaiba had revealed that the completion rate of Benina Airport had reached 40 percent, and that it is expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Preliminary works started at Tripoli International Airport
Al-Abash confirmed the unconfirmed social media news and photographs that preliminary works to prepare the passenger terminal site at Tripoli International Airport had actually started during the past days. This was in order to prepare it for the executing contractor to receive the site, who he said will start work soon. He would not confirm details about the contractor’s nationality and the implementation period, noting that he will ”announce many details in the coming days .”
However, its easier sometimes to get information about Libya from outside Libya
However, Italian company Two Seven has already published on its website under the heading ‘‘Tripoli International Airport’’ that it ‘‘is part of AENEAS Consortium’’.
It explains that ‘‘AENEAS is composed of Italian Companies specialized in the realization of Turn-Key Airport Terminal.
The Two Seven within the group is responsible for the Design, Project Management, Procurement Services and Construction Supervision’’.