Emirates will resume passenger flights to Tripoli from September.
The Gulf carrier will operate a Boeing 777-200ER in a 3-class configuration on three-weekly flights to the Libyan capital each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Beginning September 1, the new schedule will see Emirates flight EK745 leave Dubai at 0930, arriving in Malta at 1325. The service departs Malta 1445 and arrives in Tripoli at 1555.
The return flight leaves Tripoli International Airport at 1725 and lands in Dubai at 0100.
Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates senior vice president commercial operations for Africa, said: “The re-introduction of our flights to Tripoli is a further boost to north Africa, coming after the launch of Emirates’ daily service to Algiers from March 1.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation in Libya and feel that the time is right to re-launch our services, which will help to support business, international trade and passenger travel to and from Tripoli, as well as strengthening the country’s overall infrastructure.”
Tripoli has been part of Emirates’ route network since March 2001, when services were launched with four flights a week.
Emirates recently announced that it will deploy an A380 on its Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route from October (see online news, May 16).
The airline is adding the jet to one of its two daily Dubai to Brisbane services from October 1. The double-daily service is currently operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Over the next six months, Emirates will launch four destinations – Haneda on June 3, Stockholm on September 4, Clark on October 1, and Milan to New York on October 1.
For more information, visit emirates.com.
Report by Graham Smith