After a hiatus that lasted about 10 years, Turkish Airlines launched on Thursday its first flight to Mitiga International Airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli, following the signing of two memoranda of understanding between the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority and Turkish Airlines.

The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah hailed the landmark achievement, praising the efforts of all those involved in paving the way for the resumption of flights, adding that this event constituted another indicator of the stability of Libya.

‎Following the landing of the first Turkish Airlines' flight in Tripoli, Turkish Airlines' General Manager Bilal Ekşi announced in a press conference that the company would fly three flights per week to Mitiga Airport in the Libyan capital, confirming that other flights would soon be landing in Benghazi's Benina Airport and Misrata Airport.

Last Sunday, the Government of National Unity announced that Turkish Airlines would resume its flights to Libya after a hiatus of about ten years.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah considered the return of Turkish flights “an additional indicator of strengthening the state of stability in all its forms despite the challenges,” praising “the efforts of the transportation and civil aviation sector, and everyone who contributed to facilitating air transport movement, as well as achieving the technical requirements for the return of major companies to the country.”