British Airways to resume Tripoli flights
BA has announced it will soon resume flights to and from the Libyan capital.
Airport news for Flights,Heathrow on 23/01/2012.
The move by the UK flag carrier comes nearly a year after the route had been put on suspension amid the country’s uprising that ended with the death of longstanding dictator Muammar Gaddafi late last year.
British Airways officials said on Monday that the service would recommence between Heathrow airport and Tripoli International on 1 May. IAG, the company’s parent firm, said in an official statement that the move follows a new agreement between Libyan authorities and the British government.
BA said it will keep the route under review following the re-launch and will utilise oen of its smaller aircraft models – an Airbus A320 – for the thrice-weekly service.
Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said in a statement that the company was “delighted” to again offer service between Libya and the United Kingdom. He added that the route would provide a “vital” economic link between the two countries for many years.
British Airways had operated a daily link between Tripoli and London prior to the uprising; during the hiatus the company also merged with Spanish carrier Iberia to form International Airlines Group (IAG), which is currently headed by former BA chief Willie Walsh.
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