Benghazi, 13 November:
Afriqiyah Airways inaugurated its new Benghazi-Kharoum . . .[restrict]route today, Tuesday. On board the first flight to the Sudanese capital were some thirty Sudanese passengers as well as a delegation from the Ministry of Transportation headed by the undersecretary for aviation and air transport, Fawzi Bitamer.
In a statement, Bitamer said that the new destination was part of the company’s expansion policy. It was opening up new routes for customers.
The economic importance of the new route was stressed by the Sudanese consul, Abdul-Halim Omar. He said it he would strengthen trade and economic ties between businessmen and investors in both countries.
Meanwhile it has been announced that independent Tunisian operator, Syphax Airlines, will now start its thrice-weekly Tripoli-Sfax route on 24 November. The route was to have been opened this week but was first put back by a week, then by a second week, according to airline staff.
The low-cost airline, founded last year, started flying in April this year. Based at Sfax, it flies to Paris and Istanbul. Connections from Tripoli to Paris on Syphax involve an overnight stay in Sfax. [/restrict]