Flights to Libya are to be resumed by British Airways from May 1.

The airline plans three flights a week from Heathrow to Tripoli.

Flights were suspended almost a year ago amid rising tensions in the North African country.

The return of services in the wake of the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi last October follows a “thorough security review” in conjunction with the UK government and Libyan authorities, the airline said.

BA chief executive Keith Williams said: “We are delighted to be returning to Libya. Our flights to Tripoli have provided a vital economic link for many years, and it is good news for everyone that we can now re-start operations.”