By Libya Herald reporter.
Benghazi, 8 June 2017:
The Arabian Gulf Oil Company is to restart regular flights from Benghazi’s Benina airport to its oilfields, the head of its transport department announced today.
Other oil company flights will also resume.
The move, after a three-year stoppage, followed talks between AGOCO and the head of the Civil Aviation Authority.
According to an airport official , there is still some last minute details to deal with, but he told the Libya Herald that he exepcted that oil flights would start after Eid.
A month ago, permission was given to restart air ambulance, humanitarian, VIP and general cargo flights but not commercial or general passenger flights. Cargo services have resumed and there has been the occasional commercial flight, but that has been due to flights being diverted there because of poor weather conditions at Labraq.
Although the airport has had a complete makeover and is fully staffed, it still is waiting baggage scanning equipment – and that is said to be the main reason why commercial flights have not restarted.