Tunisair Discusses Resuming Flights to Libya’s Tobruk

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Delegations from Tunisair and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Tobruk met on Monday. They discussed the feasibility of operating flights between Tunis-Carthage International Airport, and the city.

The meeting was attended by the Regional Director of Tunisair in Libya, Fahmi bin Rashid. These flights aim to ease travel for those wishing to receive medical treatment in Tunisia, and to boost tourism between Tunisia and Libya.

Efforts are also underway to resume flights between Tobruk and Egyptian airports.

Last year, Tunisair announced the resumption of its flights from Tunis Carthage airport to Tripoli and Benghazi airports, starting 23 September.

In a statement, the airline recalled the obligation for passengers to comply with the agreed-upon health protocol. This follows the Presidential decision to reopen border crossings with Libya, which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This came during a meeting with the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Al-Jarandi, Interior Minister, Reda Gharslawi, and Health Minister, Ali Merabet. President Kais Saied was briefed on the outcomes of the Tunisian-Libyan joint security and health ministerial committees meetings.

The decision follows a visit by Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba to Tunis, after growing friction over the border and other issues.

President Saied called for the health protocol put in place to be redirected. He emphasized that other measures could be announced following the evaluation of the epidemiological situation.

Border crossings have been closed since the 8th of July due to the outbreak of the mutated Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus in Libya. The government announced it was closing its borders with Tunisia for a week due to the rise of cases in the country, a government spokesman said. The decision came as a precautionary step to what the government described as “worsening situation and collapsed health system.”