Breaking Ground in Libya
Jonathan Dart MVO
Opening Libyan airspace to international carriers will give a significant boost to the country’s economy. Direct international flights will enhance Libya’s business effectiveness and reputation. Air travel has proven to be a key contributor to GDP growth in countries around the world, and Tripoli is ideally located as a potential hub airport interconnecting Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. By employing a cost effective and immediately available solution which uses Aireon space-based technology integrated with other modern capabilities, Libya can make rapid progress towards its aviation goals. This would also eliminate the need to build, maintain and continually upgrade expensive infrastructure.
Convincing risk-averse Governments in the UK, France, Germany and elsewhere that Libya is safe for their national carriers is as much a political challenge as a security one. We have the expertise and experience to help plan and deliver a programme of engagement with these governments’ decision-makers to ensure that outdated security concerns do not stand in the way of the return of international airlines to Libya.
The same applies to international overflights. These will provide Libya with significant revenues, fully covering the costs of maintaining Libya’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). The revenues gained from overflights, landing fees, airport sales and passenger revenue will enable ongoing investment in aviation in Libya throughout the 21st century. Above all, the return of international airlines will be a potent message to the world that Libya is back as a modern, trusted international partner.
Our team has experience of working with the Libyan CAA, successfully negotiating projects and delivering training over the past decade. We believe that now is the right time to expand on this base and make a step-change in the delivery of coordinated aviation benefits to Libya.