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*Rumour* Afriqiyah To Return To LGW In May  
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

It seems we may see Afriqiyah return back to Gatwick sometime in May as the the UK and Libyan governments have agreed to a resumption of air services from 1st May 2012. I hope to see the A330's back again (if they still have them I hope).

Also seems that BA may restart the LHR service to Tripoli on the 1st May also.


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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3468 times:
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Although it's good to get services going again what are the odds of decent loads. Maybe I'm over thinking it but I just find it unlikely people want to visit Libya on business or pleasure in it's current state. Though I could be wrong.
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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2865 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

I don't think Afriqiyah was/is really in the business of serving Libya O&D anyway. Libyan visas were very hard to get, even for Europeans, so a lot of the airline's business was transfer traffic from Europe to Western, Central, and Southern Africa.

As much as I hate to use this for reference, look at that tragic plane crash in 2010. Over 2/3 of the pax were Dutch, on a JNB-TIP-AMS routing. None of them were going to be visiting Libya itself - just a brief transit.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3230 times:

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 2):
I don't think Afriqiyah was/is really in the business of serving Libya O&D anyway. Libyan visas were very hard to get, even for Europeans, so a lot of the airline's business was transfer traffic from Europe to Western, Central, and Southern Africa.

As much as I hate to use this for reference, look at that tragic plane crash in 2010. Over 2/3 of the pax were Dutch, on a JNB-TIP-AMS routing. None of them were going to be visiting Libya itself - just a brief transit.

Now you say that I think quite a few Brits use the airline to get to South Africa via Tripoli for a cheaper price than your average direct flight.



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User currently offlinesomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3386 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2984 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):
I just find it unlikely people want to visit Libya on business

Libya got oil, oil attracts investments. Investments = business traffic


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19229 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Quoting someone83 (Reply 4):
Libya got oil

The largest amount in Africa.

Here's a good article from the excellent folks at CAPA: http://www.centreforaviation.com/ana...crucial-to-economic-recovery-64407



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User currently offlinesteve6666 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

The OneWorld timetable tool has BA returning to TIP daily from the summer timetable. This update is yet to hit the timetable on ba.com


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User currently offlineCRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
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Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):
Although it's good to get services going again what are the odds of decent loads

Isn't Afriqiyah and Libyan Arab Airlines merging, so they can start up services with two-class CRJ900 to get traffic going again? The CRJ900s are sitting idle, I believe, and it must be cheaper to get them back into the air than a big A330.



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User currently offlineSepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Does anyone have any idea when Afriqiyah will restart its services in general? Their wikipedia entry states their machines have been in active service on Hajj flights, but other than that, have they been flying anywhere at all?


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