Turkish Airlines to resume Libya flights

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Turkish Airlines plans to resume services to Benghazi and Tripoli in Libya.

Benghazi flights will be operated four times a week from 13 September, said the carrier.

Turkey plans to help Libya repair the damage to the airport caused during the country's ongoing civil war. Turkish airport directorate DHMI is sending an instrument landing system (ILS) to the airport.

Libya is working towards reopening Tripoli Airport to air traffic, and THY plans to resume four-weekly Tripoli flights on 24 September.

Turkish airport operator TAV, which is constructing a new terminal at Tripoli, is planning to return to the project shortly.

TAV chief executive Sani Sener said: "We have started negotiations to return to Libya to finish construction of the new Tripoli Airport. Nearly half of the project is finished. We believe construction will re-start soon."

The cost of the project is €1.5 billion ($2.1 billion).

TAV has also won a contract for a project at Libya's Sebha Airport, but it is less certain when it will be able to begin work. "At the moment, [Muammar] Gaddafi forces are controlling the area. For Sebha, we are waiting for peace," said Sener.