Schiphol airport, just outside Amsterdam, was forced to cancel 430 flights already by early afternoon and many others faced long delays. (Shutterstock/File)
CAIRO - 4 May 2020: Director-General of African Airways, Khalil Al-Maji, announced that a delegation of the Egyptian authorities will visit Libyan airports in the coming days to resume flights, with 35 flights per week from the airports of Mitiga, Misurata, and Benina to Cairo airport.
Al-Maji explained, according to the Media Office of Mitiga International Airport, that he visited Egypt accompanied by a delegation that included the Minister of Transport, the head of the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority, and the General Director of the Libyan Airlines Company.
He explained that several meetings were held with the President of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, in the presence of the authority’s general directors, to arrange for the return of flights from Libyan airports to Cairo International Airport, and to cooperate in the fields of security, safety, transportation, air navigation, and in the field of training and qualifying Libyan cadres working in the aviation sector.
On Feb. 12, Libyan Airlines announced, the official agreement to resume operating Tripoli - Cairo, Tripoli - Benghazi, and Cairo - Benghazi flights, following consultations and contacts with the Egyptian civil aviation authorities.
Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab International Airport received on Feb 18, the first flight operated by Libyan Airlines after more than one year of hiatus due to a procedural issue.
The plane, coming from Benghazi’s Benina airport, breaks a hiatus that started in November for flights operated by Libyan Airlines to Egypt. Egypt, however, has received Libyan flights from Libya’s Afriqiah Airways.
The resumption comes on the same day as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received new Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh in Cairo.
In June, Egypt proposed a peace initiative dubbed the Cairo Declaration, which was based on the conclusion of an earlier Berlin conference. The Cairo Declaration proposed a ceasefire as well as the election of a new leadership council.
Various delegates from Libya's warring factions were selected earlier this month a new unified interim executive authority comprising four leaders to guide the oil-rich country through to the national elections in December.