Lufthansa, Austrian, Temporarily Barred from Libya

Germany’s Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines, have been refused permission to resume flights to Tripoli.

The companies has suspended flights since 5th February over security concerns, but were planning to re-commence service from the middle of this week.

A source at Tripoli Airport told Libya Herald that, since the two airlines had stopped flights to Libya because of concerns about security, “they had best stay away for another week because the security was no different”.

One aviation expert described the decision a “tit-for-tat move” more reminiscent of the Ghaddafi regime.

CH Aviation reports that the two carriers now plan to resume flights to Tripoli from Sunday 24th February.

It is unclear what effect this will have on a planned trade mission to Libya by 28 Austrian businesses, which was planned to start on Monday.

(Sources: Libya Herald, CH Aviation)

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