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29 Oct 2019 | 03:22 PM UTC

Libya: Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport (MJI) reopens October 29 /update 9

Libya News Alert

Mitiga International Airport (MJI) reopens October 29 following temporary closure; flights to resume within two weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli, Tripoli-Matiga airport

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Mitiga International Airport (MJI) in Tripoli reopened on Tuesday, October 29, after a two month-long closure. The airport was shut down on September 1 after being repeatedly struck by artillery fire and air strikes by the Libyan National Army. According to Libya's transportation minister, flight services are expected to resume within two weeks.


On September 14, runway damage was reported at Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) after indirect fire impacted the facility following a Libyan National Army (LNA) airstrike in the area in the morning. MJI has been targeted by air and mortar strikes multiple times in recent months. 

The LNA launched an offensive into southern Tripoli on April 4. The advance halted 10-15km south of central Tripoli within a week and frontlines have remained largely static since. Some have moved south, out of the city. The initial offensive also triggered several foreign missions and international organisations to temporarily withdraw or to otherwise consider their international footprint in Libya. Central Tripoli itself remains permissive and conducive to most international operations, providing professional security providers are engaged.


Individuals traveling to Libya via MJI are advised to monitor the situation and confirm flight statuses and availability.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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