Italy has lifted the ban that has been slapped on Libyan commercial airliners for 10 years, thus allowing Libyan flights to land in and take off from its airports, the Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, has announced.

The halt of the ten-year hiatus was announced on Sunday, as Dbeibah indicated that the resumption of flights would kickstart in September.

Hakomitna media platform said in a statement that the Libyan and Italian sides agreed to conclude an agreement and a memorandum of understanding to reopen their airspace and to choose a Libyan and an Italian airliners to resume flights no later than next August, provided that the first direct commercial flights take off from Libya to Italy next September.

Dbeibah hailed the efforts of the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, for her contribution to this decision, extending at the same thanks to the joint committee of the two countries regarding the lifting of the civil aviation ban as well as to the Italian Ministry of Transportation

The Italian ambassador to Libya, Gianluca Alberini, said in a meeting with the joint committee that the Italian government was continuing cooperation with the Government of National Unity the facilitate the lifting of the ban in European airspace. 

The joint committee discussed the latest developments reached by the Libyan-Italian technical teams, and the results of the field visit last May to Libya, where they carried out checks for safety procedures at Libyan airports, the timetable related to opening the airspace, and the resumption of flights between the two countries, Hakomitna media platform said.