Tripoli, 4 September:
Libyan Airlines resumed flights between . . .[restrict]Tripoli and Manchester today, Tuesday. The flight, with 132 passengers aboard, arrived at 14.10 hrs although it had been scheduled at arrive at 11.30 hrs. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, departed for Tripoli at 15.52 hrs.
As of today there will be three flights a week, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Manchester area contains the largest Libyan diaspora in the UK.
Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways agreed in March not to resume flights to EU airports because of issues about aircraft maintenance documentation and personnel certification. These are not expected to be resolved until November at the earliest.
As a temporary measure, Libyan Airlines wetleased an A320 from Tunisian private airline Nouvelair in April in order to operate flights to Malta. It is reported that the same aircraft is being used for the the Manchester flight.