British Airways and other airlines extend Tripoli flights suspension

British Airways, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines have, due to continued security concerns, extended their suspension of flights to Tripoli.

The Libya Herald reports that British Airways has now suspended its Tripoli flights until Friday.

“We are keeping the situation under review and recommend customers check for the latest flight information,” a spokesperson for BA told the Libya Herald. “He added that, whilst the airline was sorry for any inconvenience caused, safety would always be its highest priority.”

Lufthansa and Austrian have cancelled all flights until 31 March, although they cited “operational reasons” for the move.

“We will be in contact with all authorities involved in order to work on a fast resumption of our flights,” said a spokesperson for Lufthansa. He added that the airline would also be in touch with Libyan Airlines, with which the company has a code-sharing agreement, allowing them to operate additional flights.

The cancellations follow an incident on Friday when missiles were fired at the airport and caused damage to the runway and apron area. Another missile was reportedly fired in the vicinity of the airport on Sunday which, naturally, renewed concerns about safety.

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