Emirates will restart passenger flights to Tripoli from September 1, operating three-a-week services via Malta.
The flights, operating on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays via Malta, will be served by three-class Boeing B777-200ER aircraft.
The reintroduction of Tripoli provides a timely boost to Libyan businesses and another fillip for North Africa, coming after the launch of the airline’s daily service to Algiers in March.
Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates senior vice president – Commercial Operations for Africa, feels the time is right to re-launch flights, which will help to support business, international trade and passenger travel to and from Tripoli, as well as strengthen the country’s overall infrastructure.
“The resumed service will be of particular benefit to passengers with connections within the GCC, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and West Asia points,” said Grillet.
Emirates introduced a dedicated cargo service into Tripoli in May last year, transporting a variety of goods into Tripoli ranging from electronic goods from the Far East to drilling equipment from the US.
The re-launch of Emirates flights will enable SkyCargo to better serve Libyan importers by offering a weekly capacity of 40 tonnes every week.
Emirates launched Tripoli with four-a-week flights in 2001, but pulled out two years ago amid the uprising.