Libyan airspace closed after UN approves 'no-fly' zone

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Libyan airspace has been closed following the United Nations resolution to apply a 'no-fly' zone over the state following political unrest and armed conflict.

Eurocontrol's Central Flow Management Unit has disclosed that all flight plans for traffic intending to operate within the airspace will be suspended.

"Only those flights which are exempted from the ban, in accordance with the [UN] resolution, will be permitted to operate," it adds.

Members of the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1973 yesterday, aimed at preventing military aircraft being used against civilian protestors.