The Director of the Media Office at the Tripoli-based Libyan government’s Ministry of Transport, Siraj Al-Hamal, said that the maintenance project for the main runway, the taxiway, and the aircraft apron at Ubari airport (southwest Libya) is close to completion, as its technical completion rate reached 94 percent, which included asphalt paving works for the entire runway.
Currently, he added, it is being painted with special paint for the airstrips, and the ground lighting for the runway will be maintained later, along with the maintenance of the lighting of the spaces, so that the airport returns to work as soon as possible to facilitate the movement of citizens to and from the rest of Libyan cities.
Airport completed to international standards
Al-Hamal pointed out that the Ministry of Transport, through the Airports Authority, imposed on the company carrying out the maintenance to implement international standards in the maintenance of the runway, using reinforcements in the maintenance of airports runways in the southern region, which gives them a longer life with resistance to weather factors and prevents the occurrence of cracks.
Security as per ICAO standards
Al-Hamal stressed that the maintenance of several service facilities inside the airport had been completed, including the administrative building and a security fence around the airport. There is also the provision of equipment and devices for inspection and metal detection in accordance with the requirements of security and safety of civil aviation imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Regarding the opening date of the airport to receive flights, Al-Hamal affirmed that preparations for the resumption of domestic flights to and from Ubari Airport will take place ‘‘in the coming weeks’’.