Lufthansa halts Tripoli flights on security grounds

FRANKFURT Tue Feb 5, 2013 6:51am EST

The logos of German airline Lufthansa and Austrian airlines are pictured at Vienna's airport May 12, 2009. REUTERS/ Dominic Ebenbichler

The logos of German airline Lufthansa and Austrian airlines are pictured at Vienna's airport May 12, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/ Dominic Ebenbichler

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa and unit Austrian Airlines have halted flights to Tripoli due to the situation on the ground in Libya, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

"We have taken the decision given the developments in Tripoli and the tense situation in the region," the spokeswoman said.

The airline, which flew three times a week to Tripoli, had restarted flights to the Libyan capital in February 2012 after rebels in 2011 ousted former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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