Bmi goes ahead with Tripoli launch

21 Feb 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Bmi went ahead with its planned launch of flights to Tripoli today, despite escalating violence in the Libyan capital.

The British foreign secretary William Hague is assessing the need for evacuating British nationals from Libya, after reports of shootings during political protests in the capital.

However, a Bmi spokeswoman told Business Traveller's site website ABTN: “At the moment everything is safe with the airport. It still remains safe to operate.”

The Lufthansa-owned airline plans to continue operating its daily flights, but is offering passengers who are booked to fly to Tripoli before February 28 the option of changing or cancelling flights free of charge.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is recommending against all but essential travel to Libya.

“Those without a pressing need to remain in the country, should leave by commercial means if it is safe to do so,” said the FCO in its latest update on the official website.

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Report by Sara Turner

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