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Canadian firm to build new Libyan airport

Wednesday 23/08/2017 - Source: Middle East Online

SNC Lavalin Nexacor of Canada on Wednesday won a 400-million euro (541-million dollar) bid to build an airport in Libya's Mediterranean city of Benghazi, the official news agency JANA said.

It should take two years to build the airport that will be able to handle five million passengers a year and 45 aircraft an hour, JANA said after Seif al-Islam, son of Libya's leader Moamer Gathafi, inaugurated the project late Tuesday.

Benghazi is 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, where Libya said on Monday that work had begun on a new one billion euro airport which will be able to handle 20 million people a year.

Transport Minister Mohammed Abu Ajila said the new Tripoli airport would inaugurate a "radical change" in the country's air transport sector, with a further two billion euros set aside to modernise other airports.

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