Dubai based Aerovista has signed an agreement to support Afriqiyah Airways on international routes with two A320-200 aircraft.
The aircraft will be under Aerovista’s subsidiary Vista Georgia’s AOC and operational control.
The Aerovista aircraft will be used to support Afriqiyah Airways flights with one aircraft operating flights from Turkey and second operating flights from Jordan with the option to expand the network to European destinations in the future.
Aerovista’s A320-200 aircraft sport a 16C + 120Y and 16C + 126Y configuration.
The European Union has barred all Libyan airlines from operating in the European airspace due to concerns over passenger safety amid fierce clashes in the North African country.
“Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the Civil Aviation Authority is no longer able to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector,” EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said in a statement.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions.
“My priority in aviation is passenger safety, which is non-negotiable, and we stand ready to help the Libyan aviation sector as soon as the situation on the ground will allow for this,” Bulc added.