More trips to Tripoli from Europe this summer; Air France joins bmi and Spanair in serving Libya

Tripoli International Airport is constructing two new terminals, which will have a combined capacity of 20 million passengers per year. The project is being undertaken by a joint venture between Odebrecht, TAV Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company and Vinci Construction.

While neighbouring Tunisia endures some civil unrest, Libya is looking forward to welcoming more European tourists and business passengers this summer. Last week, Air France became the latest airline to announce that it would start serving Tripoli this summer, when four-times weekly A320 services start at the end of March. Before that, Spanair will be starting a three-times weekly A320 service from Barcelona on 15 February, while British Midland International will introduce a daily service from London Heathrow from 21 February, also using Airbus aircraft.

At present, 15 western European destinations are served non-stop from Tripoli, with nine of them served exclusively by Libyan carriers, Afriqiyah and/or Libyan Airlines. The following table shows the weekly frequencies offered by each airline on their routes to and from Libya.

Destination Afriqiyah Libyan Airlines Other (Weekly Frequency)
Amsterdam 4   KLM (6)
Athens   3  
Brussels 4    
Düsseldorf 4    
Frankfurt     Lufthansa (7)
London Gatwick 7    
London Heathrow   2 British Airways (7)
Lyon 3    
Madrid   4  
Malta   5 Air Malta (7)
Manchester   5  
Milan Malpensa 3 2  
Paris CDG 7    
Rome FCO 5 6 Alitalia (13)
Vienna     Austrian (5)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 10 January 2011


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