Lebanon's TMA to restore UK freight service

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Lebanese-based cargo airline Trans Mediterranean Airways (TMA) is poised to mark its return to the UK with the launch of a freighter service between Beirut and London Heathrow.

The service is scheduled to start on 18 July, using Airbus A300F aircraft, says cargo sales and service agent Air Logistics, which has been appointed to represent TMA in the UK.

Having suspended its operations in 2005, TMA was sold by Banque Libano Francaise to Lebanese businessman Mazen Bsatin in December 2008. Bsatin pledged to settle the cargo carrier's $60 million debt.

In October last year, work began on renovating TMA's old cargo facilities at Beirut International Airport as well as installation of a new refrigerated storage facility for perishable shipments.