Libyan Airlines announces resuming flights from Tripoli and Benghazi to Cairo


Sun, 21 Feb 2021 - 04:00 GMT

Schiphol airport, just outside Amsterdam, was forced to cancel 430 flights already by early afternoon and many others faced long delays. (Shutterstock/File)

Schiphol airport, just outside Amsterdam, was forced to cancel 430 flights already by early afternoon and many others faced long delays. (Shutterstock/File)

CAIRO - 21 February 2020: Libyan Airlines announced, on Sunday, the official agreement to resume operating Tripoli - Cairo, Tripoli - Benghazi, and Cairo - Benghazi flights, following consultations and contacts with the Egyptian civil aviation authorities.
The Libyan Airlines statement confirmed that the flight schedule will be officially announced in the next few days.
The delegations of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council in Libya recently agreed with Egyptian officials to continue consultations and expand talks to end the crisis in Libya.   
The two sides agreed to official exchange visits and to work to overcome the obstacles facing the field of aviation, as well as establish a smooth flow of trade for the interest of both countries.


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.


The new Libyan Prime Minister expressed his honor to meet President Sisi, praising Egypt’s sincere and effective efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis during the past period and resulted in the convergence of views between conflicting Libyan parties and an end to the state of division.


He also appreciated Egypt's support for Libyan institutions in combating terrorism and extremist groups.


Dbeibeh voiced the Libyan government and people’s aspiration to establish a comprehensive partnership with Egypt to reproduce a successful development experience, especially with regard to restoring security and stability and launching the development and reform process.


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.



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