Landmark Turkish passenger flight lands in Tripoli

By REUTERS
October 1, 2011 19:47

 
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TRIPOLI - A Turkish Airlines passenger plane landed in Tripoli's Mitiga airport from Istanbul on Saturday in the first international commercial flight to Libya since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in August.

Flags representing Turkey and Libya's new leadership flew outside the airport as the plane landed while inside the building, passengers waited patiently and queued at the check-in desk to board the return flight.

"We are going to Turkey for business because it has been a long time since we traveled. We are happy that the airline is back in the meantime and we thank God," said Tripoli resident Mohammed al-Jaroushi.

The United Nations Security Council resolution imposed in March a no-fly zone for civilian flights over the country as part of international efforts to protect anti-government protesters under attack from Gaddafi loyalists.


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