Misrata Int'l Airport opens its new terminal, Medsky Airways takes off
With the return of peace in Libya, the watchword is now reconstruction. In recent years, the country has launched several projects, particularly in the field of airport infrastructure.
Misrata International Airport is getting a facelift. On Saturday 17 September, the hub that serves eastern Libya inaugurated its brand new terminal.
The inauguration coincided with the effective launch of commercial flights by Medsky Airways. The new Libyan start-up now offers two weekly flights (Wednesday and Saturday) between its Misrata base and Luqa International Airport (Malta).
The infrastructure was financed under a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) mechanism supported by the local financial institution, the Bank for Trade and Development (BCD). It was built by a consortium of Libyan companies.
Spread over 8,000 m2, this terminal meets all international standards. It includes 11 check-in counters; 6 baggage conveyors; 1 separate departure hall for international flights; 1 separate departure hall for domestic flights; 1 business and VIP lounge; and 1 car park with a capacity of 300 cars.
It is around this renovated hub in Misrata that Medsky Airways wants to develop its network. The company aims to introduce several domestic routes and even extend its network beyond Libya. It has two A320s, currently operated by its Maltese partner Med Air (9H-MSA, 9H-MSB) on its international network, notably to Italian routes. The startup is headed by Abubaker Elfortia, the former CEO of the national carrier Afriqiyah Airways.