As a result of the constantly changing
situation in Libya it is extremely difficult to provide permanent updates regarding
air travel in Libya. Therefore some of the information found in this page
may have changed since it was published.
Please confirm with the relevant airliner for the latest updates.
Tripoli Airport: after nearly eight
months since the UN bombing campaign came to an end, Tripoli Airport
was finally handed over to the transitional authority on Friday the 20th of April
2012. The airport was under the control of militia
fighters from Zintan since August 2011. This however turned out to be just
ink on paper, as the airport remained in the hands of Zintani brigades
until August 2014, when rebel brigades from the "Libya Dawn" alliance
took over the airport (and Tripoli itself); destroying large sections and many
planes in the process. We advise against all travel to Libya (as of 2015); seemingly
the UN's Libya Job accomplished "with precision" - total destruction
Sabha Airport: according to an announcement made on the 10th
of April 2012 by the Prime Minister's Office, the airport of Sabha has "reopened" for
business and that all services have returned to
Ghadames Airport: was officially declared open on the 5th
of May 2012, and according to the spokesman of the transitional government, it
has been agreed that the previous two weekly flights between Tripoli and Ghadames
will resume full service.
Tobruk & Alabrek Airports: both airports
announced in late April 2012 to reopen in May. It was also reported that Alburaq
Air has doubled its flight between Alabrek and Tripoli to four flights. This
means that all the main airports in Libya
are now back to normal. On the 4th of September 2014 both airports will
commence operating international flights to Tunis.
British Airways: on the 1st of
May 2012 the first British Airways flight since the war had touched down at Tripoli
Airport. BA's service between Heathrow and Tripoli will run for three times a
week. In January 2014 BA had increased its flights to Tripoli to 5 flights a
week. Tunis Air: will resume its service between the island
of Djerba and Tripoli to two flights a week: Thursday & Sunday. Both Afriqiyah
and Libyan Airlines now run daily flights to and from Tunis.
Misrata Airport: after the clashes at Tripoli Airport (of
August 2014) Misrata Airport and Mitiga Airport were used for national and international
Zuwarah Airport: the government has authorised
plans to prepare Zuwarah Airport for international flights in August 2014. The
decision was outlined by Decree 486 of 2014. However the airport's
runway must be extended in order to accommodate the kind of planes used for international
navigation. For the time being only medium-sized planes can land and take off
from the airport.
Air Malta, British Airways and Lufthansa
all fly direct to Tripoli. You can also fly to Djerba in Tunisia
and then continue your journey over land. If you have arranged to arrive via
the Tunisian or Egyptian border, then our guide will meet you at the border to
complete all the paper work for you and escort you safely into the country.
Tripoli International Airport
Tripoli International Airport (TIP)
is located in the district of Ben Ghashir,
about 34km south of the capital's city
centre. The airport is run by the Libyan
Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau,
and handles about 1.5 million passengers
a year. Visitors are allowed
to bring 200 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or 250g of tobacco, and 250ml
of perfume. The following products are in the prohibited items list (according
to the previous law) and therefore are not allowed into the country: Israeli
products, alcohol, drugs, pork products, preserved meat and obscene literature.
Tripoli International Airport
There are two main sections of
the airport: international flights operate
from the International Passenger Terminal,
while internal flights depart from the
National Terminal. However, if you are
intending to do some internal flying,
then be prepared for a different kind
of experience: learn a bit of Arabic
or let your guide do the translation
as most signs in the airports are in Arabic; flight
information boards seem to like being
List of International Operators:
Afriqiyah Airways (Geneva, Brussels, Paris to Tripoli)
Air Malta (Malta to Tripoli)
Alitalia (Rome to Tripoli and Benghazi)
Austrian Airline (Vienna to Tripoli)
British Airways (London to Tripoli)
Egypt Air (Cairo to Benghazi)
KLM (Amsterdam to Tripoli)
Lufthansa (Frankfurt to Tripoli)
Swiss Air (Zurich to Tripoli and Benghazi)
Syrian Airline (Damascus to Benghazi)
Tunis Air (Tunis to Benghazi)
Turkish Airline (Istanbul to Tripoli)
List of Main Libyan Private & Commercial Operators
Buraq Air Transport
Nayzak Air Transport
Address: Libyan Airways
P.O.Box 2555, Ibn Fernas Building
Tripoli World Airport
Fax : +218-21-3614815
Ali Khalifa Zaidi Street
Tel: +218 21 4449734
Fax: +218 21 4449128 Website: afriqiyah.aero
Buraq Air is the first private airline
in Libya, with its headquarters located at Mitiga
Airport in Tripoli, also spelt as Mittiga, Metiga or Mettiga. The
company was founded in 2000. Tickets can be booked through any of the following
offices, or can be bought directly at
the listed airports.
AIR LIBYA is the first private aviation Company in Libya:
The Company was founded in 1996 under the name of "Tibesti Aviation', and in 2000 it was re-named "Tibesti Air Libya". Within a couple of years of service the company increased its fleets with two more Cessna - C402C and C421C planes, and four more of YAK-40 aircrafts in 2000. The company operates from its base in Benghazi, Benina International Airport. The company operates charter flights (private flights) in support of oil field operations and other scheduled charters.
Petro Air is a Libyan owned & operated aviation service provider, aiming to provide the best possible aviation services for oil exploration & development companies in Libya. The company was formed by the merger of four NOC-based aviation departments (Sirte, Waha, Zuetina and Veba), but originally it was founded in 1960’s.
شارع مالك بن سنان المتفرع من شارع الظل
Malek ben Senan street
Tel: +218 21 3621973
Fax: +218 21 3621978
P.O. Box 2453
Internal Flights In Libya
(Please note that information in the following sections
may have changed since 2011. Please confirm with relevant airliner for confirmed
dates and times.)
Tripoli - Sabha
Sabha - Tripoli
Tripoli - Benghazi
Benghazi - Tripoli
Tripoli - Ghat
Tripoli - Ghadames
Tripoli - Alkufra
Other airports that began operating national and international flights after
the 2011 war include:
internal flights between the three major airports of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sabha
take between one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes.
Price of Internal Flight Tickets in Libya
Prices differ from company to company. For example a single ticket from Tripoli to Sabha can cost either 60.5 LYD, 65 LYD or 70 LYD.
60, 65 or 70 Libyan Dinars (depending on company) single trip between Tripoli and either Benghazi or Sabha.
120, 130 or 140 Libyan Dinars return trip between Tripoli and either Benghazi or Sabha.
44 Libyan Dinars one way from Tripoli to Ghadames, and 88 LYD return.
Departure & arrival times of the main flights between the major local airports
The published times for domestic flights between Tripoli and Benghazi, and Tripoli and Sabha, change from time to time, and therefore the times you see now may change at any times. The major airliners publish their timetables once a month (on average) and therefore it is most often difficult to be certain of your departure time (or even day) more than one month in advance. Please always check the latest flight times with the airliner in question.
07:00 (LA, Mon., Thur.)
08:05 (LA, Tue.)
13:00 (LA, Wed.)
15:00 (LA, Fri.)
19:00 (LA, Sat.)
The Main Airports In Libya
There are three main airports in Libya that function on a daily basis: Tripoli,
Benghazi and Sabha. The other three airports, namely Ghadames, Ghat and Alkufra,
do not operate on a daily basis, but only one, two or three flights per a week
and without a fixed timetable. Always check the latest timetable. After the 2011
war, Misrata, Sirte, Tobruk, Alabreq, Mitiga and Zuwarah airports have all become
(or are in the process of becoming) national and international airports.
Tripoli International Airport
Sirte Gulf Airport
Tobruk Civil Airport
Zuwarah Civil Airport
Tripoli International Airport: مطار طرابلس العالمي
Codes: ICAO: HLLT IATA: TIP
Tripoli International Airport is the largest and the main airport of Libya. It is located in Ben Ghashir, around 34 km south of the city centre. The current capacity of the airport is around 3 million passengers a year, which after completing the planned expansion of the airport, will increase to 20 million.
Other names: El-Beida Airport, La-Braq Airport, Airport El Beida La-Abraq.
Codes: ICAO: HLLQ IATA: LAQ
Benina International Airport (Benghazi, Cyrenaica مطار بنينة الدولي)
Codes: ICAO: HLLB IATA: BEN
This is the second largest airport in Libya. It is located in the town of Benina, around 19 km east of Benghazi city, from which it takes its name.
Mitiga International Airport (Tripoli) Codes ICAO: HLLM IATA: MJI
Mitiga International Airport is located about
11 km) east of Tripoli. The civilian airport was established in 1995. Mainly
for domestic flights to Benghazi and Musrata and to some international destinations
such as Turkey and Syria. The airport was originally known as the Wheelus
Air Base during
the Kings' government, and after 1969 it became Okba Ben Nafi
Air Base: a Libyan People's Air Force (LPAF) installation.
Ghadames Air Transport - Sebha
Kufra Airport was established in 1930s as Buma Airfield, where it was later used during WWII by the Italians as a transit point between Italy and East Africa. On the 26th of August 2008 the airport took the spotlight as a Sudanese hijacked 737 landed at the airport after it was refused landing at Cairo airport.