Charter flights collect travellers in Libya

Charter flights collect travellers in Libya

Business and leisure passengers will soon be evacuated from Libya on flights operated by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and private air charter companies. The FCO has dispatched a charter flight to Tripoli and a spokesperson revealed that another would leave the UK as soon as possible.  “Our embassy in is already in contact with around 300 British nationals in and around Tripoli and giving instructions on how to catch the flight,” she told AFP.com. “A consular team from the embassy is already on the ground at Tripoli airport and is in place to assist British nationals.” Air Charter Service (ACS) has also began evacuating travellers from Tripoli, although it admitted that airport closures had made it difficult to get people out of the country. “Yesterday afternoon [22nd Feb] only two landing permits for chartered flights out of the 457 registered had been granted,” said Matt Purton, commercial jets director at ACS. “Our Dubai office managed to obtain one yesterday evening and has operated our first flight out of the country, on an Airbus A320, carrying almost two hundred Turkish citizens to Antalya this morning. And we now have permits for four more flights, all to operate today. Across our worldwide offices we have bookings in place for more than 3,000 people and are just waiting on those permits.”

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