Tripoli airport staff asking for ‘special payments’ stall Libya evacuations

Tripoli airport staff asking for ‘special payments’ stall Libya evacuations

Staff at Tripoli Airport are reportedly delaying evacuation flights and refusing to work unless they receive ‘special payments’, according to a private air charter company. Air Charter Services has heard that some check-in desks were refusing to check baggage unless passengers paid bribes of several thousand dollars. Meanwhile, private air charter companies have still managed to evacuate thousands of foreign nationals from Libya as a growing number of airlines are forced to temporarily pull operations. Reports from charter companies said that insurance policies had stopped some carriers flying to Libya despite high aircraft availability. As a result, thousands of people are being flown to Malta and Turkey operated by the FCO and businesses such as Air Charter Services and Chapman Freeborn. “We are currently in the process of setting up an airbridge between Tripoli and Malta for a large construction company,” said Matthew Purton, commercial jet sales director at ACS. “The first of these flights left this morning, and we will have further flights during the course of today. We are working with a number of other private companies - either directly or through respected travel companies – to help evacuate their staff and clients.” Relief is also being sent to Tunisia for evacuees there.

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