Tripoli airport re-opens after Libya clashes

June 5, 2012 19:26

TRIPOLI - Tripoli's international airport resumed operations on Tuesday, with the first flight departure in more than 24 hours after angry Libyan militiamen had forced its closure the day before.

An Austrian Airlines plane bound for Vienna took off around 1700 local time. The flight had been due to leave early afternoon on Monday, but was canceled when gunmen drove armed pickup trucks onto the tarmac and surrounded planes.

The airline said it had canceled flights in and out of Tripoli for Wednesday. Several other airlines canceled flights on Tuesday, saying they were monitoring the situation in the Libyan capital closely.

A Qatar Airways plane also took off on Tuesday afternoon but had only crew on board.

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