UK Offers to Assist in Upgrading Libyan Airports


On Thursday, the British Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall, expressed interest in participating in the development and enhancement of infrastructure for Libyan airports. This comes as Libya seeks international cooperation to bolster its aviation industry.

This initiative was revealed in an announcement made by the Head of the Libyan Airports Authority. The statement came following Ambassador Hurndall’s meeting with the Head of the Authority, Mohamed Bait Al-Mal.

During their discussion, both parties explored avenues for cooperation in the aviation sector, particularly the contributions the UK could make in terms of training and professional development for Libyan personnel.

On her part, she confirmed her intention to initiate coordination with prominent British firms. These efforts are intended to facilitate their visits to Libya in the upcoming period. As well as undertake practical measures to support the Libyan Airports Authority, and enhance the country’s aviation industry.

Libya, a North African nation with a rich history dating back to ancient civilizations, has experienced a series of tumultuous events over the past decade. The fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 led to a period of political instability and internal conflict. Amidst this, the nation’s infrastructure, including its airports, suffered significant damage.

Historically, Libyan airports were seen as vital gateways connecting Africa to Europe, and other parts of the world. Cities like Tripoli and Benghazi were bustling hubs of travel and commerce. However, the political instability and subsequent conflict resulted in damage to the aviation infrastructure, limiting Libya’s connectivity with the rest of the world.

Over the past few years, as Libya has worked towards establishing a unified government and rebuilding its nation, there has been a growing emphasis on revamping and restoring its infrastructure. The aviation sector, in particular, has been eyed as a key area for growth and development. A robust aviation infrastructure could also attract investments, boost tourism, and create jobs, leading to an overall revitalized economy.