Bmi delays Tripoli launch

15 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Bmi has postponed the launch of services to the capital of Libya.

The Lufthansa-owned airline announced the Heathrow-Tripoli service – which will rival British Airways – in September, and at the time scheduled December 1 as the launch date.

However, red tape has held up the company’s ability to secure the necessary regulatory approvaland it now expects the service to start on February 21.

In a letter to its frequent flyers, Bmi said the delay was “to complete the necessary regulatory procedures and other operational preparations”. The carrier says that any customers booked on flights from December 1 to February 20 will be rescheduled, and that further details on reaccommodation policy will be available soon.

Over recent years Star Alliance airline Bmi has focused on developing its network in the Middle East, and already flies to Jeddah, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran and Beirut.

British Airways flies daily to Tripoli from Heathrow, while Libyan carrier Air Ariqiyah flies daily from Gatwick.

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Report by Martin Ferguson

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