BA to resume Libya flights

by Emily DUNBAR on April 26, 2012

British Airways intends to resume its flights in and out of Libya next week, in spite of the Foreign Office’s advice.

From the start of next month, the carrier is to operate a service that runs between Heathrow and Tripoli. British Airways suspended all of its services to Tripoli, Libya’s capital, in February of last year after the north African country’s civil war broke out.

All hostilities officially ended last autumn, with NATO eventually lifting the no-fly zone it had imposed over the country. In spite of these developments, the Foreign Office is still advising against everything but essential travel in and out of Tripoli and various other parts of Libya.

A spokesman representing BA commented that the return of the carrier’s services between London Heathrow and Tripoli comes after a security review carried out by the governments of the UK and Libya.  Several operators, such as Abercrombie and Kent, Responsible Travel, and Exodus, had previously offered excursions to Libya which usually included a whistle-stop tour of Tripoli as well as a visit to Leptis Magna’s ancient Roman ruins.

Earlier this year, one of Responsible Travel’s spokespersons said that the company will carry on running its trips, which are always in line with Foreign Office recommendations. British Airways will fly from London Heathrow to Tripoli International Airport at least three times a week. Other European carriers flying to Libya include the flagship airlines of Italy and France, Alitalia and Air France.

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