Air Malta resumed scheduled air services to Libya on November 28 with a flight carrying 175 passengers to Tripoli International Airport. Flight KM696 landed at Tripoli at 11:55am and return flight KM697 touched down in Malta at 2:30pm.
The carrier is one of the first to return to Libya since the United Nations’ Security Council lifted the no-fly zone that had been imposed over the country in March 2011.
Passengers on the first flight included the airline’s Chairman, Louis Farrugia, and CEO, Peter Davies. While in Libya, they held discussions with top Libyan Civil Aviation authorities and addressed a press conference.
Mr Farrugia commented: “The resumption of air services between Tripoli and Malta is an important step both in restoring our commercial links and in the strengthening of the good relations between our two countries.
“Air Malta has been looking forward to the resumption of services to the new Libya for months. The resumption of the three-times weekly service between Malta and Tripoli was positively received by both communities and we are happy to announce that reservations have been very positive,” he added.
Air Malta flights to Tripoli operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.