BA to restart flights to Libya

23 Jan 2012 by BusinessTraveller

British Airways is to relaunch flights between Heathrow and Tripoli in May, after over a year’s hiatus following the outbreak of civil unrest in Libya.

In a statement the carrier said it “plans to resume flights to Tripoli from Tuesday May 1”, and will operate three times-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays).

BA said that “The return of services between Heathrow and Tripoli follows a thorough security review in conjunction with the UK Government and the Libyan authorities”, with CEO Keith Williams adding that “Our flights to Tripoli have provided a vital economic link for many years, and it is good news for everyone that we can now restart operations”.

The carrier cancelled flights between London and Tripoli in February 2011, following the outbreak of civil unrest in Libya. Bmi also dropped its service in the same week, having only just launched the route – see online news February 22, 2011 for more information.

Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways recently launched three times-weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Tripoli for the first time – see online news January 18 for more information.


Report by Mark Caswell

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