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Benina International Airport
مطار بنينة الدولي
Benina International Airport.jpg
IATA: BENICAO: HLLB
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
Location Benghazi
Elevation AMSL 433 ft / 132 m
Coordinates 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944Coordinates: 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 11,731 3,576 Asphalt
15L/33R 11,732 3,576 Asphalt
Benina International Airport is located in Libya
Benina International Airport
Location of Benina International Airport

Benina International Airport (IATA: BENICAO: 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.

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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 Feb - 6 Apr 1943.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

The contract for Benina International Airport is valued at an estimated CAN$500 million and 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.

“The new airport is a priority project for Libya and will provide an important additional gateway to the country’s second largest city,” said Riadh Ben Aissa, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

The project is expected to be completed in 2010, and the airport will welcome five million passengers per year.

“We have been working in Libya for over 20 years, mainly on water-related infrastructure projects, so we are delighted with this new opportunity to participate in Libya’s economic development by using another of our recognised areas of technical expertise,” he added.

SNC-Lavalin’s expertise in airports covers the full range of airport project development services and construction with project experience in Canada and worldwide.[4]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Tripoli
Air Libya Tripoli
Air One Nine Tripoli
Alajnihah Airways Tripoli
Buraq Air Aleppo, Alexandria, Istanbul-Atatürk, Misurata, Tripoli
EgyptAir Cairo
EgyptAir operated by EgyptAir Express Alexandria
Ghadames Air Transport Kufra, Misurata, Sebha, Tripoli
Libyan Airlines Alexandria, Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kufra, Rome-Fiumicino, Sebha, Tripoli, Tunis
Nayzak Air Transport Tripoli, Tunis
Royal Jordanian Amman
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
    • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ (May 20, 2008), Endres, Gunter, Libya to restructure air transport sector, FlightGlobal, Accessed May 20, 2008
  4. ^ (September 15, 2008),Gillian, MacCormack,[2]," Press Release - SNC-LAVALIN AWARDED CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW AIRPORT IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA", Accessed August 30, 2009
  5. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19580809-0. Retrieved 11 September 2009.  

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