Italy to Resume Commercial Flights to Libya Amid Ongoing Conflict, Confirm Officials

by Madison Thomas
Italy-Libya flights resumption

In a significant development, Italy has agreed to restore commercial air travel to Libya, a country riddled with internal strife. Italy’s decision comes a decade after imposing a ban on civil aviation to the North African nation, according to a statement from one of Libya’s competing governments on Sunday.

Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, the Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Libyan government, confirmed the news via Twitter. He stated that his government was informed about this development by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s administration. He hailed the lifting of the ban as a “breakthrough”.

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This landmark decision followed a meeting between Italian and Libyan aviation officials in Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The officials convened to discuss the reinstatement of direct flights and ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, as per the Italian Embassy in Libya’s statement.

Libya, an oil-rich nation, descended into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising led to the overthrow and death of the longstanding dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The resulting power vacuum divided the nation into rival governments in the east and west, each backed by different militias and international supporters.

The turbulence led Italy and several other European nations to prohibit Libyan flights from entering their airspace.

For the past ten years, Libya has only been able to maintain direct flight connections with a few places, including cities in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia and some other Middle Eastern countries like Jordan.

A joint statement from the Libyan government indicated that starting from September, an airline from each country would commence operations, although the destination cities were not disclosed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Italy-Libya flights resumption

When will commercial flights between Italy and Libya resume?

Commercial flights between Italy and Libya are set to resume in September.

Why was there a ban on flights between Italy and Libya?

The ban was put in place due to the chaos and conflict in Libya following the NATO-backed uprising that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Who confirmed the lifting of the flight ban?

Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, the Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Libyan government, confirmed the lifting of the ban via Twitter.

What led to the decision of lifting the ban?

The decision came after a meeting between Libyan and Italian aviation officials in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, discussing the restoration of direct flights and strengthening cooperation.

What has been the state of air travel in Libya for the past decade?

Over the past decade, Libya has had direct flights to limited destinations, including cities in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, and other Middle Eastern countries, such as Jordan.

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John_D_Travel July 9, 2023 - 6:07 pm

Wow, that’s a big deal!! Been waiting to fly back to Libya for years. hope its safe now.

AfricanNomad July 9, 2023 - 9:45 pm

i remember when Libya was such a popular destination before all the chaos. Hope this step brings some good changes. fingers crossed!

ItalianoVero July 10, 2023 - 7:41 am

Meloni’s govt’s doin good work, makin moves. still, i hope they know what theyre doing. Libya’s still a bit of a mess tho.

PlaneJane July 10, 2023 - 12:36 pm

Finally some progress. Now if only the rest of Europe can follow suit, Libya can really start to rebuild. Hoping for the best.

Global_George July 10, 2023 - 2:32 pm

Didn’t see this coming. Libya’s still unstable, right? kinda risky imho.


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