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Benina International Airport (IATA: BEN, ICAO: HLLB) (Arabic: مطار بنينة الدولي) serves Benghazi, Libya. It is located in the town of Benina, 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of Benghazi, from which it takes its name. The airport is operated by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya and is the second largest in the country after Tripoli International Airport. Benina International is also the secondary hub of both Buraq Air and flag carrier, Libyan Airlines. As of 17 July 2014 all flights to the airport were suspended due to fighting in the area.
During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force during the Eastern Desert Campaign. Known as Soluch Airfield,[nb 1] it was used by the 376th Bombardment Group, which flew B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the airfield between 22 February and 6 April 1943. Once the combat units moved west, it was used as a logistics hub by Air Transport Command. It functioned as a stopover en route to Payne Field near Cairo or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.
In March 2011Muammar Gaddafi bombed the airport. No damages were reported to facilities.
, forces loyal to
The airport has been closed since 16 May 2014, due to clashes in the area between militias and forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar.
A new terminal with a capacity of 5 million passengers will be developed north of the existing runway at Benina International under a 720 million LYD (€415 million) first-stage contract awarded to Canada's SNC-Lavalin. The final cost is estimated at 1.1 billion LYD (€630 million). As with Tripoli International Airport, the new terminal was designed by Aéroports de Paris Engineering. Preliminary work and site preparation has started, but it remains unclear when the terminal will be open for operation.
The contract for Benina International Airport includes construction of a new international terminal, runway and apron. The new airport is part of an extensive new infrastructure programme being undertaken by the government of Libya throughout the country.
Airlines and destinations
As of 1 August 2014 international airlines had suspended all flights to Libya. As of 5 August 2015 the airport was closed to passenger traffic.
As of December 2015, Air Libya operates out of Benina International Airport and operates flights to Tripoli, Alexandria, Kufra and Tunis.
Libyan Airlines operates to Amman and Kufra.
Accidents and incidents
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- ^ Airport information for HLLB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- ^ Airport information for Benina International Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
- ^ Saudi Gazette, Libya in Mortal Danger, Editorial, 17 July 2014, http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140717211775
- ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- ^ "Libya: Gaddafi forces bomb Benghazi as US indicates no-fly zone support". The Scotsman. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2013.
- ^ "Gaddafi's planes strike around rebel stronghold". Reuters. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013.
- ^ 43 killed in Libya clashes, authorities close Benghazi airport RT. 16 May 2014. Accessed 15 July 2014
- ^ 90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance RT. 15 July 2014.
- ^ Endress, Gunter (20 May 2008). "Libya to restructure air transport sector". London: Flightglobal. Airline Business. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
- ^ Libya Herald, International airlines unsure about dates for resuming Libya flights, By Tom Westcott, London, 1 August 2014, http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/01/international-airlines-unsure-about-dates-for-resuming-libya-flights/#axzz39EOzawPJ
- ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/06/us-libya-security-benghazi-insight-idUSKCN0QB0FK20150806
- ^ Etihad Crystal Cargo Schedule
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- ^ Accident description Aviation Safety Network (Original source "ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (171-178)) Retrieved 17 August 2015
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800
“I was, for some reason, running late for my international flight from Benghazi airport (technically, it's called Benina International Airport, and it was 2011). A couple of major international airlines from 'rebel-friendly' countries had just opened ...
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:58:03 -0800
The parliament may move to Benghazi within a week, Daghari said, adding that the Libyan army is yet to secure the city and re-establish control over the Benina International Airport. Libya has been plagued by violence since 2011 when a NATO-backed ...
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 22:33:05 -0800
... which began on June 27, 1976, when a group of Arab and German terrorists hijacked an Air France Airbus A300B4S en route from Tel Aviv to Paris by way of Athens, then diverted it to Benina International Airport near Benghazi, Libya, before ...
Middle East Eye
Middle East Eye
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:37:30 -0700
The forces retook control of Benina International Airport, which has been a flashpoint for battles in recent weeks - fierce fighting there on 9 October killed militia leader Salim Nabbous. After taking the airport, the Libyan army brigades advanced ...
Long War Journal
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:32:36 -0700
The attacks killed dozens of Libyan soldiers at the Benina International Airport and four more in a separate attack on a checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi. Al Arabiya reported that “two cars loaded with explosives targeted a military checkpoint ...
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:41:15 -0700
A mother has told of her horror at ending up pumping her breastmilk in a janitor's closet at a busy airport. Haley Picchini, from Austin, US, shared photos from inside the room she says she had no choice but to use before hopping on her flight at Los ...
Malta Independent Online
Malta Independent Online
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:37:30 -0700
The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority, which has been ordered to Beida to be under the closer authority of the Libyan government, is reported be looking to reopen Benina International Airport in Benghazi within three to five weeks, the Libya Herald reported.
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:57:12 -0800
Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to face questions over whether she had an adequate plan for Libya in 2011 and whether her efforts led to the Benghazi tragedy a year later. (Associated Press) more >. Clinton undercut by Pentagon, Congress on Libya war, ...
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