Libya: Tunisia, Egypt close airspace to planes from Libya

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tunisia and Egypt have decided to close their airspace to aircraft coming from Libya, the Libyan Press Agency, LANA, Thursday quoted airport sources as saying.

Though no reason has been given for the action, it is not unconnected with fears over the security situation in Libya, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Mouammar Khadafi.

The Tripoli Airport has been closed since 13 July following ongoing clashes between rival militias who are fighting for the control of the facility.

Only three major airports in Libya - Maitigua in Tripoli, Misrata, 220 km to the east of the capital and Tobruk - are currently operating.

However, the decision by Egypt and Tunisia to close their airspace to flights from Libya has also affected flights to the functioning airports.
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21 august 2014 11:50:11

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