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Libya is a northern Africa, comprising the former Italian colonies of Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan. It is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Egypt, on the southeast by the Republic of Sudan, on the south by Chad and Niger, on the west by Algeria, and on the northwest by Tunisia. The area of Libya, one of the largest countries in Africa, is 1,757,000 sq km (678,400 sq mi). Tripoli is the capital and largest city.

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August 12, 2017 

Rahila Air is a planned passenger charter carrier that was founded in 2015, based out of Tripoli Mitiga (MJI) using an A.320-200. It will offer passenger charter as well as cargo flights across Libya [added]

July 14, 2017

Buraq Air suspended all operations in early Jul2017 due to a hard currency crisis [status change]

June 22, 2017

Golden Wing is planned proposed cargo and freight company charter carrier out of Benghazi Benina (BEN) [added]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

acacusair   

Not started

(2014)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Aero Club Libya   

Unsure

**** - ****

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Aero Libia   

Unsure

**** - ****

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Aero Sahara   

Not started

(2010)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Afriqiyah Airways   

Active

2001 - date

^ Comments : Afriqiyah Airways was established in Apr2001 & commenced scheduled services on 01Dec2001

^ Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways

^ Airline Code : 8U : AAW

Air Jamahiriya  updated

Renamed

1999 - 2001

^ Comments : Air Jamahiriya was a charter airline for the oil industry that was renamed from LIGHT AIR COMPANY (formed in 1990) Merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Light Air Company >Air Jamahiriya >>Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

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Air Kufra   

Unsure

2008* - 2010*

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^ Airline Code : 7F : KAF

Air Libya   

Active

2009 - date

^ Comments : Air Libya was established as Air Libya Tibesti in 1996. Introduced a single BAE 146-300 into service with an international charter flight on 17Feb2009

^ Genealogy : Air Libya Tibesti >Air Libya

^ Airline Code : 7Q : TLR

Air Libya (All World Aviation)   

Inactive

1977* - 1980

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Air Libya Tibesti (Tibesti Air Libya)   

Renamed

1996* - 2009

^ Comments : Air Libya was established as Air Libya Tibesti in 1996. It introduced a single BAE 146-300 into service with an international charter flight on 17Feb2009

^ Genealogy : Air Libya Tibesti >Air Libya

^ Airline Code : 7Q : TLR

Air One Nine (Air 19)   

Unsure

2004* - 2010*

^ Comments : Air One Nine was formed in 2004 as a subsidiary of a Cypriot registered offshore holding group “One Nine”owned by Saif El Islam Gaddafi

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^ Airline Code : N6 : ONR

Air Tobruk   

Unsure

2005* - 2006*

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AirLibya   

Unsure

1963 - 1979*

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Alajnihah Airways   

Active

2005 - date

^ Comments : Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services on 09Oct2005

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^ Airline Code : 2T : ANH

Alamia Air   

Unsure

2009* - 2009*

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Aldawlyh Air   

Unsure

2004* - 2006*

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Allebia Air Cargo   

Inactive

2007 - 2007

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Aqaba Airlines   

Inactive

2003* - 2004

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Attawasol Airlines   

Not started

(2012)

^ Comments : Attawasol Airlines was established in Aug2011 but did not start operations

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Buraq Air  updated

Inactive

2001 - 2017

^ Comments : Buraq Air was established in Nov2000 & started operations on 15Nov2001 as a private carrier offering domestic charter services. 1st private airline in Libya. Buraq Air suspended all operations in early Jul2017 due to a hard currency crisis

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^ Airline Code : UZ : BRQ

Free Falcon Air   

Not started

(2016)

^ Comments : Free Falcon Air is a start-up hoping to commence services early next year

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Ghadames Air Transport   

Active

2004 - date

^ Comments :  

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^ Airline Code : OG : ---

Global Aviation   

Active

2006 - date

^ Comments : Global Aviation was founded in 2003 and began operations in Jan2006 providing international passenger and cargo transportation

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^ Airline Code : 5S : GAK

Golden Wing  added

Planned

2017 >

^ Comments : Golden Wing is planned proposed cargo and freight company charter carrier out of Benghazi Benina (BEN)

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Gulf Pearl Airlines   

Unsure

2007* - 2007*

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^ Airline Code : -- : GPC

Jamahiriya Air Transport   

Renamed

1982 - 1986

^ Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo in Jun1986

^ Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >Libyan Air Cargo

^ Airline Code :  

Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

Renamed

1986 - 1990*

^ Comments : [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Kallat Elsaker Air   

Active

2000 - date

^ Comments :  

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^ Airline Code : -- : KES

Kardair (Kardasey National Air Transport)   

Unsure

1978* - 1980*

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Kingdom of Libya Airlines  updated

Renamed

1965 - 1969

^ Comments : Kingdom of Libya Airlines (KLA), was rebranded as Libyan Arab Airlines (aka Jamahiriya Libyan Airlines) on 01Sep1969 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

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LAVCO (Libyan Aviation Company)   

Inactive

1960* - 1975

^ Comments : LAVCO was formed in 1960 to fly on-demand charters for the oil industry

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Libavia (Nord Africa Aviazione Spa)  updated

Renamed

1958 - 1965

^ Comments : Libavia was formed in 1958 by a company that had up until that year operated travel agency offices in Tripoli and Benghazi [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Libavia >>Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

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Libiavia   

Unsure

1982* - 1982*

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Libo Air Cargo   

Renamed

2010 - 2013

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways

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Libyan Air Cargo (Libyan Cargo Airlines)   

Active

1987 - date

^ Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo

^ Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >>Libyan Air Cargo

^ Airline Code : -- : LCR

Libyan Airlines  updated

Active

2007 - date

^ Comments : Libyan Airlines was founded in 1964 & started operations in 15Aug1965 as Royal Libyan Airlines. Resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctions, on 17Oct2011 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

^ Airline Code : LN : LAA

Libyan Airways Company   

Unsure

Early 1950s

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Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

Renamed

1969 - 1986

^ Comments : Libyan Airlines was founded in 1964 & started operations in 15Aug1965 as Royal Libyan Airlines. Resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctions, on 17Oct2011 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

Renamed

1990* - 2007

^ Comments : Libyan Airlines was founded in 1964 & started operations in 15Aug1965 as Royal Libyan Airlines. Resumed commercial services following the lifting of all sanctions, on 17Oct2011 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

^ Airline Code : LN : LAA

Libyan Wings   

Active

2015 - date

^ Comments : Libyan Wings commenced operations in Oct2015

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Light Air Company  updated

Renamed

1992* - 1999

^ Comments : Air Jamahiriya was a charter airline for the oil industry that was renamed from LIGHT AIR COMPANY [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Light Air Company >Air Jamahiriya >>Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

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Linair (Libyan National Airways)   

Inactive

1962 - 1973

^ Comments : Linair (Libyan National Airways) was formed in 1962 supported Libya's oil industry from Tripoli. Ceased operations in 1973

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Madina Air   

Not started

(2010)

^ Comments : Madina Air was established in 2009 plans to operate charter flights in support of oil field operations. Unsure if started

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Nawrs Air   

Not started

(2014)

^ Comments :  

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Nayzak Air Transport   

Active

2006 - date

^ Comments :  

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^ Airline Code : M4 : NZA

Nord Africa Aviazione  updated

Renamed

1931* - 1936

^ Comments : Nord Africa Aviazione was founded in 1931

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Petro Air   

Active

2008^ - date

^ Comments : Petro Air was founded in 2008 to support the oil industry

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : PEO

Rahila Air  added

Planned

2017 >

^ Comments : Rahila Air is a planned passenger charter carrier that was founded in 2015, based out of Tripoli Mitiga (MJI) using an A.320-200. It will offer passenger charter as well as cargo flights across Libya

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Royal Libyan Airlines  updated

Renamed

1965 - 1965

^ Comments : Libyan Airlines was founded in 1964 & started operations in 15Aug1965 as Royal Libyan Airlines [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Sin Sad Airlines   

Unsure

2000* - 2001*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Tobruk Air   

Unsure

2002 - 2008*

^ Comments :  

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^ Airline Code : 7T : TOB

United African Airlines   

Renamed

1979 - 1983

^ Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo

^ Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >>Libyan Air Cargo

^ Airline Code : UQ : NOL

United Libyan Airlines   

Not started

(2008)

^ Comments :  

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United Libyan Airlines  updated

Renamed

1962* - 1965

^ Comments : United Libyan Airlines was formed in 1962 & was absorbed into Kingdom of Libya Airlines in 02Oct1965 [LIBYAN AIRLINES was founded as ROYAL LIBYAN AIRLINES in 1964 and was shortly renamed to KINGDOM of LIBYA AIRLINES, also in 1964. LIBAVIA and UNITED LIBYAN AIRLINES were acquired on the same day. The name LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES was adopted in 1969 after the monarchy was overthrown. Renamed to JAMAHIRIYA LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES in 1986 after the airline was taken over by JAMAHIRIYA AIR TRANSPORT (which HAD BEEN FORMED IN 1982 AND took over the operations of UNITED AFRICAN AIRLINES in 1983). Renamed BACK TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES IN 1990* and to LIBYAN AILINES in 2007. Air Jamahiriya was merged into Libyan Arab Airlines in 2001]

^ Genealogy : United Libyan Airlines >>Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines

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