First Flight To Repatriate Libyans Stranded in Turkey

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The first Libyan Airlines flight has taken off from Misrata International Airport on route to Istanbul, where it will pick up Libyans who have been stranded in Turkey as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Mitiga International Airport published photos of the airline crew’s preparations, which included specialized clothing, shoes and medical masks, as well as sterilizing the plane.

On May 1, Libyan Airlines announced it would conduct flights to return nationals that have been stranded abroad in light of the suspension of air travel to Libya since mid-March.

On Monday, the head of the committee charged with monitoring Libyans stranded abroad and the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for the Government of National Accord (GNA), Dr. Mahmoud Al-Tilisi, said that the first flight would depart on Tuesday. The first batch of Libyans will be returned on two planes to Misrata International Airport.