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Benina International Airport (Arabic: مطار بنينة الدولي) serves Benghazimarker, Libyamarker. 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 Airportmarker. Benina International is also the secondary hub of both Buraq Air and flag carrier, Libyan Airlines.

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. 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 Fieldmarker near Cairomarker or to Mellaha Fieldmarker near Tripolimarker on the North African Cairomarker-Dakarmarker transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.

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.(May 20, 2008), Endres, Gunter, Libya to restructure air transport sector, FlightGlobal, Accessed May 20, 2008

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.

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References

  1. * Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
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  3. (September 15, 2008),Gillian, MacCormack,[2]," Press Release - SNC-LAVALIN AWARDED CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW AIRPORT IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA", Accessed August 30, 2009


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