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Monday, February 28, 2011

Benina International Airport ,مطار بنينة الدولي),Benghazi

Benina International Airport
مطار بنينة الدولي
Benina International Airport.jpg
Runways, destroyed in 2011 attacks.
IATA: BEN – ICAO: HLLB
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
LocationBenghazi
Elevation AMSL433 ft / 132 m
Coordinates32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
15R/33L11,7313,576Asphalt
15L/33R11,7323,576Asphalt
Benina International Airport is located in Libya
Benina International Airport
Location of Benina International Airport
 Benina International Airport (IATA: BEN, ICAO: HLLB) (Arabic: مطار بنينة الدولي) serves Benghazi, Libya. It is located in the town of Benina, 19 km east of Benghazi, from which it takes its name. The airport is operated by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya and is the second largest in the country after Tripoli International Airport. Benina International is also the secondary hub of both Buraq Air and flag carrier, Libyan Airlines.
On 22 February, 2011, Al Jazeera reported that the airport's runways had been destroyed, preventing aircraft from operating.

History

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force during the Eastern Desert Campaign. Known as Soluch Airfield, it was used by the 376th Bombardment Group, which flew B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the airfield between 22 February - 6 April 1943. Once the combat units moved west, it was used as a logistics hub by Air Transport Command. It functioned as a stopover en-route to Payne Field near Cairo or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.


Future plans

A new terminal with a capacity of 5 million passengers will be developed north of the existing runway at Benina International under a 720 million LYD (415 million Euros) first-stage contract awarded to Canada's SNC-Lavalin. The final cost is estimated at 1.1 billion LYD (630 million Euros). As with Tripoli International Airport, the new terminal was designed by Aéroports de Paris Engineering. Preliminary work and site preparation has started, but it remains unclear when the terminal will be open for operation.
The contract for Benina International Airport includes construction of a new international terminal, runway and apron. The new airport is part of an extensive new infrastructure program being undertaken by the government of Libya throughout the country.
USAF Air Transport Command Routes, 1 September 1945

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Tripoli [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Air Libya Tripoli [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Air One Nine Tripoli [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Alajnihah Airways Tripoli [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Buraq Air Aleppo, Alexandria, Istanbul-Atatürk, Misurata, Tripoli [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
EgyptAir Cairo [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Libyan Airlines Alexandria, Amman-Queen Alia, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kufra, Rome-Fiumicino, Sebha, Tripoli, Tunis [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Nayzak Air Transport Tripoli, Tunis [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Tunisair Tunis [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
World Airways Maastricht, Ostende [Suspended until further notice due to crisis in Libya]
Accidents and incidents

On 4 April 1943, Lady Be Good WWII B-24 Liberator crashed south of Soluch Field and was lost for 15 years.
On 9 August 1958, Vickers Viscount VP-YNE of Central African Airways crashed 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south east of Benina International Airport, killing 36 of the 54 people on board. See: 1958 Central African Airways plane crash
On 22 January 1971, a Douglas DC-3 of Ethiopian Airlines was hijacked on a domestic passenger flight from Bahar Dar Airport to Gondar Airport by four Eritrean hijackers. The aircraft was forced to land at Benghazi Airport.

(source:wikipedia)

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