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Benghazi’s international airport reopens for commercial flights

Benghazi’s international airport has reopened for commercial flights after a three-year closure due to fighting in the city. The first outward bound flights were to the capital, Tripoli, Amman, Jordan, and to the south-eastern Libyan city of Kufra. Flights are also scheduled to and from Tunis, Istanbul, Alexandria, and the western Libyan city of Zintan. The flights are operated by two state-owned companies, Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways. Travellers and airport staff expressed relief at no longer having to travel to Labraq airport, a four-hour drive east of Benghazi. Labraq replaced Benina as the main airport for the eastern part of the country.

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