An air link between London and the Libyan capital of Tripoli is to be established this winter by Bmi.

Daily flights from Heathrow are to start on December 1.

The airline is to use an Airbus A319 in a two-class configuration on the route.

Bmi is promoting connections from Heathrow with Star Alliance and code share partners Continental Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and Air Canada to the US and Canada.

Flights will depart Heathrow at 08:55 and arrive in Tripoli at 14:30, with the return leaving Tripoli at 15:15 local time and arriving at London Heathrow at 16:45.

The airline’s chief executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said: “Bmi’s new route to Tripoli expands our existing services to and from cities of influence across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“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.”