Turkey plans to attract tourists from Libya and other southern Mediterranean countries to its southern shores via a soon-to-be-opened shipping route, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported on Sunday.
The Hatay Sea Bus (HADO), which will also serve as a maritime border gate, is expected to begin its journeys at the end of May. The first passengers will be transported from the region to the port of Gazimağusa (Famagusta) of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
Later, the road will also serve as a sea bridge between the city of Hatay in southern Turkey, Antakya, and several southern Mediterranean countries, including Libya. Antakya borders Syria and shares many Arab cultural traits. Hatay was originally part of Syria, but Turkey annexed the area in 1939.
The article does not mention which port in Libya will be served, but it will most likely be the port of Misrata which already serves a route to Izmir – which recently changed destination to Istanbul.
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