Emirates Airline said on Tuesday it will restart passenger flights to Tripoli in Libya from September 1.
Emirates’ three-weekly flights to Tripoli, served by a Boeing 777-200ER, will also make a quick stop in Malta every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
“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,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates senior vice president Commercial Operations for Africa.
“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.”
The service was initially cancelled in February 2011 after a civil war broke out that would eventually lead to the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade old regime.
In June 2012, Emirates underlined its commitment to Libya with the reopening of its Tripoli town office enabling customers in Tripoli to book travel on Emirates services outside of Libya including flights commencing from Tunis.
“Africa is a hugely important continent for Emirates and we are committed to investing in and further strengthening our products and services a across the region. Tripoli will be one of the 23 destinations to which Emirates currently flies in Africa,” added Grillet.
Emirates also introduced a dedicated cargo service into Tripoli in May 2012.
The re-launch of Emirates flights will enable SkyCargo to even better serve Libyan importers by offering a weekly capacity of 40 tonnes every week.
Tripoli has been part of Emirates’ route network since March 2001, when services were launched with 4 flights a week.
Over the next six months, Emirates will launch a further four destinations - Haneda on June 3, Stockholm on September 4, Clark on October 1, and Milan-New York on October 1.