Emirates to resume flights to Libyan capital
Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates Airline is to resume flights to Tripoli starting October 29, a year-and-a-half after shelving the service due to violent political unrest in the North African country.
Emirates will service the Libyan capital four times a week from Dubai on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The flights depart Dubai at 9.25am local time and will arrive at Tripoli International Airport at 2.00pm local time.
All flights will be served by an Airbus A330-200 in a 3-class configuration, offering 12 seats in first class, 42 in business class and 183 in economy. The flights will have 15 tonnes of cargo-carrying capacity.
“In resuming our flights to Tripoli, Emirates is underlining its commitment to Libya at a time when the country is demonstrating its strength and resilience in the face of adversity,” 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,” he added.
Tripoli has been part of Emirates’ route network since March 2001, also under the schedule of four flights a week. The service was 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.
Emirates rival Etihad Airways launched its own service to Tripoli, although this was briefly suspended in June when an armed militia temporarily seized control of the airport.