Libya’s Minister of Transport, Mohamed Al-Shahubi, met on Monday at the Ministry’s headquarters in Tripoli the French ambassador to Libya, Mostafa Mihraje, in the presence of the Undersecretary for Maritime Transport, Wissam Al-Idrisi, and the Undersecretary for Aviation Affairs, Khaled Swesi.
The meeting comes within the efforts of the Ministry of Transport to reopen European airspace to Libyan registered carriers.
Speaking after the meeting exclusively to Libya Herald, the Undersecretary for Aviation Affairs, Khaled Swesi, said that issues of common interest in the field of transport were discussed. Moreover, the flight ban imposed on Libyan aircraft in European Union airspace in general and France in particular, for reasons related to the application of the requirements imposed on airports in the world related to civil aviation safety, was also discussed.
International consultant contracted to facilitate lifting of flight ban
He added that the Ministry of Transport, through the Civil Aviation Authority and the Airports Authority, worked to implement all international standards and requirements related to safety in the field of civil aviation. He explained that the Civil Aviation Authority contracted with a consultant office to prepare the digital transformation project, which aims to develop the civil aviation sector in coordination with international aviation organizations.
International inspection team expected in July
Swesi revealed that a visit by the international audit team is expected in July to assess the current situation in the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority and airports that operate international flights and receive international flights from several countries at the present time, including Egypt, Malta, Tunisia, and recently Greece.
Return of French companies to Libya welcomed
He concluded by saying that the return of French companies who had returned to Libya to resume and activate their contracts with the Ministry in the transportation sector were welcomed, which include consulting contracts related to resuming the implementation of Libyan airport projects, aircraft maintenance and training of Libyan air crews.
Similar meeting with Italians
It will be recalled that the Libyan authorities held a meeting with the Italian ambassador on 19 March where they also discussed the lifting of the EU flight ban on Libyan registered carriers.
Libya discusses the reopening of airspace to its carriers with Italy’s ambassador (libyaherald.com)