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Benina International Airport
مطار بنينة الدولي
IATA: BEN – ICAO: HLLB
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
Location Benghazi
Elevation AMSL 433 ft / 132 m
Coordinates 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944Coordinates: 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 11,731 3,576 Asphalt
15L/33R 11,732 3,576 Asphalt

Benina International Airport (IATA: BEN, ICAO: HLLB) (Arabic: مطار بنينة الدولي) serves Benghazi, Libya. 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 Airport. 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 February - 6 April 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 Field near Cairo or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.

USAF Air Transport Command Routes, 1 September 1945

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.

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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Tripoli
Air Libya Tripoli
Air One Nine Tripoli
Alajnihah Airways Tripoli
Buraq Air Aleppo, Alexandria, Istanbul-Atatürk, Misurata, Tripoli
EgyptAir Cairo
EgyptAir operated by EgyptAir Express Alexandria
Libyan Airlines Alexandria, Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kufra, Rome-Fiumicino, Sebha, Tripoli, Tunis
Nayzak Air Transport Tripoli, Tunis
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Accidents and incidents

  • On 4 April 1943, Lady Be Good WWII B-24 Liberator crashed south of Soluch Field and was lost for 15 years.
  • On 9 August 1958, Vickers Viscount VP-YNE of Central African Airways crashed 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south east of Benina International Airport, killing 36 of the 54 people on board.
  • On 22 January 1971, a Douglas DC-3 of Ethiopian Airlines was hijacked on a domestic passenger flight from Bahar Dar Airport to Gondar Airport by four Eritrean hijackers. The aircraft was forced to land at Benghazi Airport.


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General Info
Country Libya
ICAO ID HLLB
Time UTC+2
Latitude 32.096786
32° 05' 48.43" N
Longitude 20.269472
020° 16' 10.10" E
Elevation 433 feet
132 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Near City Benghazi
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
Daylight Saving Time Dates notified by NOTAM


Communications
TWR 118.1
GND 121.3
DEP
On test.
127.0
ARR
On test.
127.0
BENGHAZI APP 126.5
129.2


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
15R/33L 11731 x 148 feet
3576 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO
15L/33R 11732 x 148 feet
3576 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BNA BENINA 121X 117.4 1.9 NM 151.8
NDB BNA BENINA - 342 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel 100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)

Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.


Remarks
FUEL (NC-100, A1)



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