Flights between the Libyan capital and Benghazi have resumed after an 18-month halt.
The latest development comes amid an easing of tensions between a Tripoli-based administration and rival authorities in the eastern city.
“An Afriqiyah Airways plane… landed on Friday morning at Benina international airport” from Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, carrying a delegation of representatives from the Libyan carrier along with aviation officials, the Government of National Accord said on Facebook.
The resumption of flights is the result of efforts by GNA chief “Fayez al-Sarraj and deputy premier Ahmed Maiteeq, the GNA added.
Local television images showed the plane on the tarmac at Benina airport, after landing.
Libya has been wrecked by conflict since the overthrow and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The two main factions are the UN-recognised GNA in Tripoli and a parliament in the east, which supports strongman Khalifa Haftar.
A ceasefire announced by the warring factions in August have given hopes for a solution to the crisis. The move was followed by a series of UN-backed talks in Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland, and further dialogue is scheduled for next month.
Commercial flights between Benghazi and Tripoli were suspended not long after Haftar launched a military campaign to take the capital in April 2019. His forces were repulsed back in June this year.
Despite the recent ceasefire announcement, security remains a major concern for Libyan airlines.
Late last month, Afriqiyah Airways suspended links between Tripoli and the southern city of Sebha after pro-Haftar fighters positioned armed vehicles on the runway to prevent flights from landing.