Etihad launches Libyan route from its Abu Dhabi hub

Route of the Week: Etihad’s Abu Dhabi to Tripoli

As airlines that previously served Libya are moving back to the now stabilised country market, Etihad is a new entrant, operating from its Abu Dhabi hub. Mukhtar al-Akhdar, the man who recently liberated Tripoli International Airport, posed with Etihad’s Heba El Imam, Head of Arabic Media Relations, and Damian Reilly, Manager Corporate Communications.

  • Etihad entered the Libyan market on 17 January when the airline connected its Abu Dhabi (AUH) hub with Tripoli (TIP). The three weekly flights are operated with A330-200s, making Etihad the first airline to operate between the Arabian Peninsula and the Libyan capital since the recent revolution in the oil-rich country. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, commented the rationale behind the new route: “The new Libya is taking its rightful place among the prosperous nations of northern Africa and the Mediterranean. I have noted with great satisfaction that UAE companies are increasingly turning their attention to Libya for opportunities to cooperate, invest and do business.”

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