By Tom Westcott.
Tripoli, 21 March 2014:
British Airways has suspended flights to and from Tripoli until 25 March, the airline has announced.
“We . . .[restrict]are keeping the situation under review and recommend customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information before travelling to the airport,” BA said in a statement on its website.
The move is understood to be in reaction to an incident this morning at Tripoli International Airport, where missiles were fired in the vicinity of the airport, leaving two holes at the end of the runway.
An airport maintenance team was immediately sent to the scene to start repairing the damaged runway, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport said.
The airport reopened this afternoon, using the old north-south runway. This apparently ceased to be used because the flightpath went directly over a farm owned by Muammar Qaddafi. [/restrict]