Star Alliance member and Lufthansa Group subsidiary British Midland International is launching a new, daily Airbus A319 service from London to Tripoli, the capital...

Star Alliance member and Lufthansa Group subsidiary British Midland International (BMI) is launching a new, daily service from London to Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

The airline says good connections from New York, Boston, Washington Dulles, Houston, and Chicago will be available with Star Alliance codeshare partners Continental Airlines and United Airlines, as well as with codeshare partner Virgin Atlantic Airways. Connections can also be made easily from Toronto and are offered in conjunction with Star Alliance member and codeshare partner Air Canada.

British Midland International’s service from London Heathrow, operated by an Airbus A319, will begin on December 1 and is available to book now.  Flight BD469 will depart London Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 8:55 a.m. and arrive at Tripoli International Airport (TIP) at 2:30 p.m. local time. Flight BD470 will leave TIP at 3:15 p.m., landing at LHR at 4:45 p.m. local time.

British Midland International's fleet is primarily composed of Airbus A320-family aircraft, the airline operating 11 A319s, seven A320s and nine A321-200s

The Business Class cabin in BMI’s A319s will offer full Business Class service on the route, including hot meals and a fully stocked bar service. The seating in the Business Class cabin will offer a 2-by-2 configuration, with the middle seat kept free to offer more space for passengers to work or relax.

Customers in Economy will receive bmi’s full-service offering, including complimentary food service (which will include a hot breakfast) and full bar service throughout the flight.

Business Class customers and Diamond Club Gold and Silver members can take advantage of BMI’s flagship international lounge, the Great British Lounge, at London Heathrow Terminal One. Star Alliance Gold members will also be offered complimentary lounge access.

Tripoli, a vibrant oil city, has much of its ancient charm still intact, including the Roman arch of Marcus Aurelius. Day trips can be taken to the sites of several Roman ruins and there are many beautiful beaches outside the city. For hotel prices in Tripoli, click on this link.

“BMI’s new route to Tripoli expands our existing services to and from cities of influence across Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” says Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, chief executive of BMI. “Our business customers in particular will find the new, daily service gives them even more choice between the US and Canada to Libya and offers convenient domestic and long haul connections via our Heathrow hub.”

British Midland International (BMI) is the second-largest airline at London Heathrow, one of the world’s leading international hub airports. Across its mainline route network BMI operates to Aberdeen; Addis Ababa; Almaty; Amman; Baku; Beirut; Belfast City; Berlin; Bishkek; Cairo; Damascus; Dammam; Dublin; Edinburgh; Freetown; Glasgow; Hanover; Jeddah; Khartoum; London Heathrow; Manchester; Moscow Domodedovo; Riyadh; Tbilisi; Tehran; Tripoli; Vienna; and Yerevan.

Subsidiary BMI Regional operates to Aberdeen; Birmingham; Brussels; Copenhagen; East Midlands; Edinburgh; Esbjerg; Glasgow; Groningen; Leeds Bradford; Lyon; Manchester; Norwich; and Zurich.

BMI’s main rival British Airways already serves the London Heathrow-Tripoli route.