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ITA Airways Marks a Milestone with Inaugural Flight to Libya  

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A significant milestone in aviation history was achieved on July 24, 2023, as ITA Airways, the Italian national carrier, operated a charter flight between Rome and Tripoli, marking the first air link between Italy and Libya in ten years.

The flight, AZ8904, operated on an Airbus A320 (EI-DSW), was a charter bringing Libyan delegates back to Tripoli after attending a summit on migrants in the Italian capital the day before. The successful flight has sparked optimism for the reopening of airspaces between the two countries, which had been closed following the fall and demise of Colonel Gaddafi.

The resumption of air travel between Italy and Libya comes as a significant development for both nations. The Prime Minister of the Benghazi-based faction, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, expressed his belief that the recent flight will pave the way for the reopening of airspace and the reestablishment of regular services between the two countries. The prospect of renewed air connectivity is eagerly anticipated by both Libyan and Italian authorities, as it promises to strengthen diplomatic ties and foster greater economic cooperation.

Italy had given initial approval on July 9 for the resumption of regular flights between the two countries, signaling a thaw in relations after years of airspace closure.

Prime Minister Dbeibah, who is known to be an ally of Italian Prime Minister Georgina Meloni, expressed his government’s commitment to further developing air travel between Rome and the city of Benghazi. The announcement holds great promise for the people of both nations, as it indicates that Libyans will soon be able to book direct flights to Italy, starting as early as September.

The significance of ITA Airways’ charter flight was acknowledged by the Prime Minister’s office in Rome. The flight was hailed as “another tangible sign of the direction that the Italian government wants to impart in its relations with Libya and in its relations with the states of the wider Mediterranean region.”

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