Libya's civil aviation authority forced a Libyan Airlines plane bound for Jordan from Misrata airport to land at Benina airport in Benghazi on Thursday, a day after the government announced its intention to implement the measure, the Government of National Accord's (GNA) Ministry of Transport said.
In a statement, the ministry expressed its condemnation and condemnation of what it described as "the irresponsible behavior of the illegal civil aviation authority, forcing the Libyan Airlines flight number LN282, carrying 105 passengers to land at Benina airport."
The GNA Ministry of Transportation pointed out that the plane was heading to Amman airport in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, saying that "this behavior is unprofessional, and contrary to the terms and laws of international civil aviation, security and safety conditions."
The Ministry of Communications confirmed that this behavior resulted in "delay in the trip and increase the suffering of the Libyan citizen, especially since most of the passengers are elderly, sick and travelers for the purpose of treatment, which may affect their health in such circumstances, as well as an increase in additional costs for the carrier.
The Transport Authority for Libya's Interim Government has obliged airlines operating from Misrata and Mitiga airports to Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia to land at Benghazi's Benina airport to complete security and customs procedures.
In a letter addressed to the airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority announced on Wednesday, that this procedure will be implemented as of tomorrow, Thursday, 14 November.