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Etihad Airways operates maiden flight to Tripoli

Abu Dhabi carrier says service will run three times a week; will boost UAE-Libya trade

Etihad Airways operates maiden flight to Tripoli
Etihad operated its maiden flight to Tripoli on Tuesday

Etihad Airways operated its maiden flight from Abu Dhabi to Tripoli on Tuesday, the airline's first new destination of 2012.

The service, which will operate three times a week, is the only direct commercial flight between the UAE and Libya's capital city.

Etihad Airways' president and CEO James Hogan said: "This is a further step in the development of the relationship between the UAE and Libya. Direct flights will contribute profoundly to the development of trade, investment and tourism."

Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said UAE companies were increasingly turning their attention to Libya for opportunities to cooperate, invest and do business following the end of conflict in the country.

Hogan said the regime change in Tripoli meant there would be significant point to point traffic and strong demand for flights to the country as it rebuilds after the civil war.

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