Irish Firm in Libyan Airline Deal

Business World reports that Dublin-based Air Contractors Ltd (ACL) has signed an agreement with Afriqiyah Airways that will enable the Libyan airline to fly unrestricted into Europe from the beginning of May.

Under the two-year deal, ACL will operate three of Afriqiyah's Airbus 320s on European routes using the carrier's existing crews and ground staff, meaning that the airline will no longer be restricted by the ban on Libyan aircraft flying into EU airspace, which has been in force since April 2012.

"The only way to operate again [in Europe] was to get our aircraft registered elsewhere," Afriqiyah's CEO Abubaker Elfortia has told the Libya Herald.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

(Source: Business World, Libya Herald)

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