Bookings proved demand had picked up since civil conflict, Dubai airline says
Dubai airline Emirates has resumed passenger flights to Tripoli, the capital of Libya, after they were suspended due to the country’s civil conflict.
The first flight departed Dubai International Airport at 9.30am on Tuesday.
“Solid early bookings have demonstrated the demand, opening up new markets for passengers to and from Libya,” Emirates’ vice president commercial operations Northern and Western Africa Adil Al Ghaith said.
“Libya is showing healthy economic growth and the re-launch of our flights to Tripoli will help to support business and international trade from Tripoli to the rest of world.”
Emirates flies between Dubai and Tripoli three times a week via Malta, using a Boeing 777-200ER.
Qatar Airways had continued to fly to Tripoli but was forced to suspended operations in the city last month after the airline was twice threatened by a group of gunmen.
A Qatar Airways flight was prevented from landing at Tripoli International Airport on August 4 when the armed group forced air traffic control staff to deny the plane permission to land, according to the Libya Herald.