Thursday, November 15, 2012

► UNITED KINGDOM: Libyan Airlines resumes Heathrow flights; hopes for removal from EU Ban List at upcoming safety review.

Libyan Airlines logoLibyan carrier, Libyan Airlines (LN), yesterday (Wednesday 14 November) resumed twice weekly flights between Tripoli and London Heathrow, UK using an Airbus A320. In September, the carrier resumed its Tripoli, Libya - Manchester, United Kingdom service that was suspended in 2011 due to the Libyan Civil War. 

Libyan Airlines Bombardier CRJ900
Libyan Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (Bombardier)
Libyan Airlines (LN): Tripoli, Libya - London Heathrow, United Kingdom
- Effective 14 November 2012
  • LN102 TIP 1100 - 1345 LHR 320 | 3
  • LN102 TIP 1130 - 1415 LHR 320 | 6
  • LN103 LHR 1515 - 1955 TIP 320 | 36
Source [Amadeus]

The two airlines are not actually on the No-Fly List per se, but the restrictions do exclude Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines from allowing their aircraft to be piloted by their own staff when operating to destinations in the European Union.
A review of the ban is set for 22 November 2012 when a delegation from Libya travels to Brussels to argue for the lifting of the restrictions. 
Helen Kearns, spokesman for the European Commission’s communications department, told the Libya Herald:
“The Libyan delegation will address the Committee and give an update on the safety oversight situation in Libya and its position in terms of compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) provisions following the disruption caused by the Civil War,” she said. “Based upon the discussions, a decision will be made as to the best way forward,” Kearns explained. “It is too early to give an indication of the result of the meeting, and a lot will depend on what progress the Libyan authorities have made in recovering from the disruption caused by the conflict.