Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways says it will start flights to the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the future.

Etihad will start three weekly flights to Tripoli once safety and stability has returned to Libya.

“As soon as the Nato no-fly zone is lifted, the airport is declared safe and all appropriate infrastructure is in place, we will be able to begin services,” says James Hogan, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways. Tripoli will be Etihad’s seventh North African destination after Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt and Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier in Morocco.

Earlier in October, Etihad Airways reported revenues of $1.1bn in the third quarter of this year, a 39 per cent rise on the same period in 2010 (MEED 5:10:11). Etihad also recorded an 18 per cent increase in passenger traffic, to 2.2 million, in what proved to be the airline’s strongest ever third quarter.