Afriqiyah Airways expands European network to Lyon and Milan


TRIPOLI, Libya – Afriqiyah Airways has added Lyon-Satolas, France and Milan-Malpensa, Italy to its European network as part of an on-going corporate strategy to improve transportation links between Africa, Europe and the world beyond.

The airline which boasts one of the youngest fleets connecting Europe and Africa, has inaugurated the new routes with Airbus A319/A320 and A330 aircraft designed to offer state-of-the-art passenger comfort including AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) in every seat. The goal is to improve accessibility to major African cities through the Tripoli airport hub with 17 convenient connections that make it possible for travelers to reach their final destinations by evening of the same day.

Service from Lyon, a major gateway to the Rhone-Alpes region and French-speaking Switzerland, began July 15 with a gala airport celebration. Flights now depart Lyon at 14:45, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Lyon-Satolas Airport has high-speed rail service directly to and from Paris, Annecy (Geneva) and Turin.

Service from Milan-Malpensa began July 18 and operates Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. Flights from Milan depart at 14:00 and offer convenient travel to Tripoli plus excellent connections to Afriqiyah’s extensive African network. The network includes Abidjan, Accra, Bangui, Bamako, Cotonou Dakar, Douala, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lome, Lagos, Niamey and Ouagadougou.

Afriqiyah which is Arabic for “African” is committed to passenger safety and comfort and takes great pride in its new Airbus fleet. Travelers in business class can enjoy the superior comfort of extra wide 4-abreast seating on its narrow body aircraft and fully reclining seats on the long haul aircraft…a comfort feature that rivals first class service on premium carriers.

Afriqiyah Airways is known in the industry for year-round affordable fares. Out of the U.S., interline fares are in cooperation with U.S. Airways.

Afriqiyah Airways Equipment:

The Afriqiyah Airways fleet is composed of five Airbus 320-200s, three Airbus 319-111s and three Airbus 330-200s…eleven aircraft in total. The planes are painted in red, green, yellow and black which represent the colors of Africa. They also feature the date 9.9.99 which refers to the date on which the African union agreement was signed.

Afriqiyah Route Overview:

Afriqiyah Airways if based in Tripoli, Libya and flies to:
Europe: Rome, Milan, Paris, Lyon, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Lyon
Africa: Benghazi, Dakar, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Lome, Lagos, N’djamena, Bangui, Doula, Kinshasa, Khartoum, Cairo, Johannesburg.
Middle East: Jeddah and Dubai.

Airline Highlights:

In North America, Afriqiyah is represented through its six offices in Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Reservations can be contacted at 877.359.0999.

For further information, contact: Kazim Ghouse, sales & marketing manager, North America, sales & reservations: 877.359.0999, trade inquiries: 866.748-2529 ext. 2000, email: .