By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 19 January 2015:
The government in Beida has announced that small Kheroba airbase south of Marj is to become . . .[restrict]an international airport.
The move should ease congestion at Labraq which now serves as the main international airport not only for Cyrenaica but for much of Libya, with people even travelling from Tripoli to catch flights to Jordan and Egypt.
The move is likely to be welcomed in Benghazi, just 85 kilometres away, where Benina airport remains shut because of continuing clashes. It is thought that even when sthe fighting is over it will take many months before it can again start operating.
The only problem is Kheroba’s size. The runway is just 1,400 metres long which limits the type of aircraft that can use it. It is too short for an Airbus 320 or a Boeing 737 with a full payload taking off.