Tourist flights resume between Libya and Turkey after a two-decade hiatus

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The first tourist cruise to the Turkish port of Izmir, after a hiatus of more than 20 years, departed from the port of the city of Misurata in Libya on Wednesday.

The Libyan Minister of Transport, Muhammad Salem Al-Shoubi, inaugurated the launch of the first tourist cruises between Libya and Turkey (the port of Misurata and the port of Izmir), the first in more than 20 years, according to a statement by the ministry.

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Al-Shhoubi said that the government has issued the necessary legislation to reduce the cost price in favor of the citizen/passenger to facilitate transportation opportunities and enjoy the means of maritime transport between Libya and Turkey.

He added that the government is in the process of taking special measures in agreement with the Egyptian, Tunisian and Moroccan governments to open tourist cruises in the near future.

The statement did not address the reason for the suspension of flights between Misurata and Izmir.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Misurata Naval Station, Ahmed Bashir, said that today’s trip to Izmir “on board the Kevalay ship, owned by the Libyan Kevalay Company for Investment and Tourism Services.”

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Bashir stated that “the coming period will witness the operation of flights to the ports of Tunis and Alexandria.”

Turkey and Libya have distinguished relations in all fields, and many cooperation agreements between them.