British Airways To Resume Flights To Libya

January 24, 2012

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British Airways is to resume flights to Libya despite the UK Foreign Office still advising Brits not to travel there unless their journey is absolutely necessary.

The airline said that flights to Tripoli would resume from May 1 with the announcement coming about a year since the service was suspended.

BA has been assessing the travel risks in the area since hostilities to end the regime of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi ended in October.

Keith Williams, BA's chief executive said: "We are delighted to be returning to Libya. Our flights to Tripoli have provided a vital economic link for many years, and it is good news for everyone that we can now restart operations."

BA will fly from London Heathrow to Tripoli three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Qatar Airways has also just announced that it will restart service to the Libyan capital. It will reintroduce scheduled services from Doha to Tripoli on February 2.

Several other European airlines, including Alitalia, have already resumed flights to the city. Air France will restart its services on March 27.

(Ken Symon)