Libya opens up to more flights and cruises

Air France to launch route in spring; Crystal to stop there in autumn


Libya continues to open up to Europe’s travel itineraries as airlines direct new routes or greater frequencies there and cruise lines include it in their voyages for 2011. The latest carrier to launch a Tripoli service is Air France, from Paris Charles de Gaulle. Starting from March 29, it will begin operating four weekly flights using an Airbus A320, increasing to five weekly frequencies from June 6.

The new route complements KLM’s six weekly flights between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Tripoli, allowing for the provision of a total of 11 weekly frequencies between them – effectively, depending on the day, a twice-daily service to Libya. Meanwhile, Crystal Cruises will add Libya’s historic capital to its autumn season this year as its 11-day ‘Italian Splendour’ voyage through the Mediterranean aboard Crystal Serenity stops in Tripoli, allowing passengers to disembark and explore. The cruise includes overnights in Venice and Barcelona and also stops off at Sicily, Naples, Dubrovnik, Civitavecchia and Livorno.