Thursday, April 25, 2013

► LIBYA: Afriqiyah eyeing more West African flight resumptions "in due course".

AfriqiyahLibyan carrier, Afriqiyah (8U), is set to relaunch flights to West Africa in the coming weeks as the carrier seeks to re-establish its former Sub-Saharan network, suspended following the fall of Muammur Gaddhafi's regime.

Afriqiyah old livery
Afriqiyah's old raison d'être
According to The Libya Report online journal, Afriqiyah will relaunch flights to Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal "soon", as it plans to tap into the lucrative Europe-West Africa bound market as well as the Hajj/Umrah seasonal market to Saudi Arabia.

Twice weekly flights to the Nigerien capital, Niamey, are also expected to resume at some stage following discussions held in Tripoli between the Nigerien ambassador, Hassan Maloune, and the Libyan Minister of Transport, Abdel Kader Mohamed.

The viability of flights also hinges on the airline being granted rights to resume European flights using its own metal, which are now said to be only possible "in June" at the very earliest.