Tunisair profits increased to reach 60 million dinars in 2009 against 33 million dinars in 2008 the company announced on Thursday in Tunis.

In spite of the recent air traffic disruption due to the volcanic ash clouds which prompted 18, 000 passengers to cancel their trips, and causing losses on 5 million dinars, the company’s overall performance was positive said the Tunisair’s CEO, Mr Nabil Chettaoui.

The national carrier has increased its flights in 2010 by programming two flights to Milan, three flights to Tripoli, one flight to Madrid and another to Bordeaux.

Tunisair is also planning a new flight line Djerba/Luxembourg soon.

The company will also create 19 new flights scheduled during the winter of 2010-2011. It has also conducted a study on the possibility of creating two new destinations to Douala in Cameroon and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

Bookings on scheduled flights for this summer are expected to increase by 3% compared to 2009, in addition to the development program of charter flights over the same period last year with 300 scheduled flights scheduled for the Enfidha airport.

Tunisair which is also involved in transporting some 50,000 Hadj and Omra pilgrims is expected to earn an additional 25 million dinars.