Turkish plane turned away after Libya airport closure

Benghazi's private and public sector employees went on strike Sunday grinding air traffic to a halt

Benghazi's private and public sector employees went on strike Sunday grinding air traffic to a halt

BENGHAZI, Libya – The suspension of air traffic services at Libya's Benina International Airport on Sunday forced a Turkish Airlines plane to return to Istanbul.

"The plane, which was flying from Istanbul, was turned away after entering Benghazi's airspace," airport director Ibrahim Ferkas told Anadolu Agency.

He said the airport could not offer its services to the Turkish airliner because of an ongoing strike.

Ferkas accused Libyan civil society activists and supporters of forcing the airport authorities to suspend air traffic activities.

"We are negotiating to convince the protesters to allow airport activities to resume," he added.

Benghazi's private and public sector employees went on strike Sunday to protest the deteriorating security condition in the restive city, grinding air traffic to a halt.

The Libyan civil aviation authority has, therefore, decided to suspend all incoming and outgoing Benghazi flights until Tuesday.

The labor strike came in response to civil disobedience calls by a number of political forces.

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