Tunisia: No Political Decision Behind Closure of Tabarka-Ain Draham Airport (Chakchouk)

Tunis/Tunisia — The decision to shut down the Tabarka-Ain Draham airport was made as a result of the national and international health situation due to the COVID19, said Minister of Transport and Logistics Moez Chakchouk.

Speaking at a hearing session at the House of People’s Representatives, Chakchouk denied the decision was motivated by political reasons.

He said that the airport of Tabarka, whose budget is 8 million dinars each year, did not receive any passengers in 2020, adding that it received nearly 600 tourists in 2019.

He said his department has asked Tunisair Express to schedule a line to Algiers or Constantine, as soon as flights with Algeria resume.

The minister also noted that his department is currently working on the implementation of a strategy to resolve the situation of Tunisair and Tunisair Express.

The strategy seeks to boost domestic airports by the summer of 2021, with the return of Tunisian expats.

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