Re­sump­tion of sched­uled Mal­taTripoli flights in the pipe­line

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

It was a de­tail that went un­men­tioned in the gov­ern­ment’s state­ment ear­lier this week re­gard­ing the visit by Libyan Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord Pres­i­dent Fayez Al-Sar­raj to Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat, but the re­sump­tion of sched­uled flights be­tween Malta and Tripoli was on the agenda and the re­sump­tion of this ser­vice is in the pipe­line.

It was the Libyan press which, in the wake of this week’s visit, pub­lished the news that, dur­ing their meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, the two lead­ers had agreed to resume di­rect flights be­tween Libya and Malta be­fore the end of the first quar­ter of this year.

Con­tacted by this news­pa­per, a Tourism Min­istry spokesper­son con­firmed that de­vel­op­ments along such lines are “ex­pected in the com­ing months” adding that: “The re­sump­tion of sched­uled flights to and from Libya are de­sired by both the Mal­tese and Libyan gov­ern­ments.

“The Min­istry for Tourism is cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with the au­thor­i­ties in Libya on the pos­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion of sched­uled flights to and from Tripoli’s Mit­iga air­port. Var­i­ous op­tions are cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered and dis­cussed with var­i­ous op­er­a­tors.”

Last month, Air Malta’s Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer Paul Sies had con­firmed that talks were un­der­way about the pos­si­bil­ity of Air Malta re­sum­ing flights be­tween Malta and Libya. Cur­rently, only Me­davia is op­er­at­ing flights be­tween Malta and Tripoli, us­ing a turbo-prop air­craft.

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