By Libya Herald staff.
27 October 2014:
Over one hundred and fifty newly-trained . . .[restrict]Libyan army officers were amongst the first passengers on yesterday’s flight from Istanbul to Misrata – the first in over three months. They were on their way home from Pakistan.
According to Misrata Airport’s official Facebook page, the 165 officers had just completed their training at the Pakistan Military Academy, which is in Abbottabad.
Yesterday’s flight was the airline’s first passenger operation in Libya in months. In July this year, fighting around Tripoli International Airport and the deteriorating security saw all international airlines halt Libya operations.
Turkish Airlines described the passenger load yesterday as “satisfactory” and told the Libya Herald it predicted that that future demand for the daily service would be even more satisfactory. The airline is now operating daily passenger flights between Istanbul and Misrata. It has been operating unscheduled charter cargo flights for some time.
Flights to Tripoli and Benghazi remain suspended, although the airline is carrying out feasibility work to start flying to Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport.