Airline has been “closely monitoring the situation”
Emirates will restart flights to the Libyan capital Tripoli from September, for the first time since it suspended them in February 2011 due to the political situation in the country.
Under a new schedule announced this week, the airline will have three weekly Boeing 777-200ER flights to Tripoli, with an 80-minute stopover in Malta.
Jean Luc Grillet, the airline’s senior vice president commercial operations for Africa, says the move is a further boost to north Africa following the launch of a daily service to Algiers.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation in Libya and feel that the time is right to relaunch 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 Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday flights in three-class configuration will leave Dubai at 09.30 and arrive at Tripoli International Airport at 15.55. The return flight will depart Tripoli at 17.25 and land in Dubai at 01.00.
[pictured: Colonial-era El Manar Palace, Benghazi, 1930]