The so-called General Command of Khalifa Haftar's forces said that he had instructed the Civil Aviation Authority to open Labraq Airport for operating domestic and international flights.

The Command added in a statement on Sunday that the decision aimed to "lift the suffering and ease the burdens experienced by the people of the eastern region.”

Haftar - the de facto ruler of east Libya - does not have any official capacity that qualifies him to issue instructions to civil entities, such as the Civil Aviation Authority, which has not yet clarified its position or that of the Ministry of Transportation in the Parliament-designated government on this request.

On May 6, Labraq International Airport’s management called on all airlines to open international destinations through the airport, or to address the management in writing with reasons of hindrances, confirming the full readiness of the airport 24/7.

The airport’s management also confirmed the availability of operating requirements, whether through its various facilities or aviation service companies such as handling companies, fuel supply or equipment and supplies, as well as the multiple security system or means of communication and air navigation.