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Afriqiyah Airways has reportedly cancelled its Far East Asia service, with the carrier suspending twice weekly services between Tripoli and Beijing and Dhaka (TransportJournal, 31-Aug-2010).
The largest of the three global alliances, Star Alliance, is the market leader in Europe and Africa. It is also the largest alliance in South Asia, but by default as it is the only alliance with an Indian member.
Route evolution in African international markets has always been defined by intra-African protectionist policies that cause long haul route networks to focus on Europe and, more recently, the Gulf.