Libya Closes All Airports After UN Authorizes No-Fly Zone
The approved United Nations Security Council Resolution calls for the establishment of a no-fly zone, which bans all flights in the airspace of the Northern African nation. It also allows military intervention to enforce the ban, and calls to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of Libyan government attack.
“The latest information from Malta indicates that [the] Tripoli Area Control Center (ACC) does not accept traffic until further notice,” Europol, the agency charged with coordinating air traffic management across Europe, said in a brief notice to aviation experts.
Earlier this month, Eurocontrol said only three civilian airports were still operating while massive anti-government protests plunged the nation into chaos. These airports were Tripoli International Airport, Gardabya Airport in the country’s southwest and Sabha Airport in the north.
Libya has more than 20 notable civilian airports and some such as Benina International Airport have been heavily damaged by the ongoing conflict, which has left thousands of people killed.