Tripoli, March 19: French independent airline Aigle Azur has no plans at present to operate flights between Tripoli and Paris, a . . .[restrict]company spokesperson has told Libya Herald.
The company’s president, Arezki Idjerouidene, had announced on January 29 that flights would start on March 27. “We have been working on opening this route since 2009,” he said at the time. He was in Tripoli as part of a top-level French delegation led by France’s Minister of transport, Thierry Mariani.
At a press conference he said the company had submitted a request for air traffic rights to the Libyan civil aviation authority and it had agreed. He was merely awaiting written confirmation.
Today, Monday, however, a spokesman said no flights between France and Libya were planned.
Aigle Azur, operates a number of domestic routes within France as well as flights to Algeria, Tunisia, Mali and Burkino Faso.
It was seen as the only carrier planning direct flights between Paris and Tripoli.
Air France has not said when it will resume flight to Tripoli. It started flying to the Libyan capital in January last year after a 20-year break only to stop a few days later when the revolution began.
Currently travellers between the French and Libyan capitals fly either via Rome or Tunis.
British Airways intends to restart London-Tripoli flights on May 1. [/restrict]