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Royal Jordanian set to resume flights to Libya

Airline CEO hopes services to Tripoli, Benghazi to restart next week as security situation improves

Royal Jordanian set to resume flights to Libya
Hussien Dabbas, president and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines

Royal Jordanian said on Sunday its services to Libyan cities would resume in the next few days as the security situation in the country improves.

Hussein Dabbas, president and CEO of the airline, said the carrier was planning to restart flights to Tripoli and Benghazi soon.

The company suspended its operations to the two cities after turmoil erupted in Libya in February.

Dabbas said in a statement that the company will restart operating between Amman, and Tripoli and Benghazi "once all the necessary approvals are obtained from the concerned authorities and the readiness of the Libyan airports to receive flights is ensured".

Royal Jordanian said it is expected to resume its flights to Benghazi by the end of this week and to Tripoli immediately after.

Dabbas added that the flights to Benghazi and Tripoli were likely to be daily to accommodate strong demand on travel between the two countries, including Libyan citizens who visit Jordan seeking medical treatment.

Royal Jordanian used to operate five weekly flights to Tripoli and two weekly flights to Benghazi before the unrest began.

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