By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 18 February 2016:
Libyan Airlines is to start flying to Monastir in Tunisia and to Tamanhint near Sebha as . . .[restrict]of Saturday.
It will operate daily flights from Tripoli to Monastir, four flights a week from Misrata, three a week from Labraq and one a week from Tobruk.
It will also fly to Tamanhint from Tripoli twice a week, on Mondays and Saturdays, and from Labraq on Thursdays.
The Tunisian authorities continue to bar Libyan carriers from flying to Tunis-Carthage Airport, although no longer restrict them purely to Sfax. They can now fly to all airports in the country, barring the capital. Afriqiya and Buraq have already transferred flights to Monastir which is much closer to Tunis.
Although Libyan Airlines is also now moving it will still operate six return flights a week between Tripoli and Sfax and one between Misrata and Sfax. It says that it will transfer the Monastir flights to Tunis as soon as the Tunisian authorities permit Libyan carriers to land there again.
Other new departures planned by Libyan Airlines are:
- Istanbul-Misrata: two flights a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays
- Tripoli-Ghadames: two weekly flights, on Sundays and Wednesdays, starting this Sunday
- Tripoli-Ghat: fights on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Tripoli-Labraq: daily flight
- Tripoli-Tobtk: every Monday
Buraq Air has also just started twice weekly flights from Tripoli to Tamanhint which, while Sebha airport remains closed, serves the Sebha/Brak Al-Shatti area. Afriqiya Airways started flying there last year.
Plans are in hand to start international flight from Tamamint to Tunisia via Tripoli next month and for flights to Amman and Alexandria via Labraq in April.