FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
16th September 2011
FLY-LIBYA, a new private Libyan airline, completes its first commercial return flight to Libya under NATO’s no-fly zone, while providing low-cost travel to its customers.
FLY-LIBYA, the low-cost carrier founded by Libyan businessmen following the country’s liberation, is proud to announce the completion of its first direct flight from Istanbul International airport to Musrata.
Fly-Libya Founder and Managing Director Ibrahim Ali, is determined to bring more flights into Libya, and this week sees the launch of additional Fly-Libya routes to Benghazi and Tripoli.
At the heart of the business is a desire to reunite families whose members have been displaced as a result of the devastating war in Libya; many victims of the war have simply been unable to make the arduous and dangerous 10 hour car journey out of Libya to either Tunis or Egypt.
In addition, the airline provides greater opportunity for people to visit the country, which will in turn promote and accelerate Libya’s regeneration.
Major challenges have been overcome in establishing the airline: “It hasn’t been easy,” said Mr. Ibrahim Ali. “It was a real challenge to get logistical support from NATO, the UN and the National Transitional Council of Libya. In addition, the compulsory war insurance adds an extra cost to our passengers, and we are currently waiving all profits in light of this to ensure we offer the lowest fares to our customers. We are optimistic about the business and we feel that we are doing the right thing for our people.”