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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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March 19, 2016Libyan Air Cargo now shown as 'Active' [status change]
December 12, 2015Libyan Wings commenced operations in Oct2015 [update]
November 24, 2015Free Falcon Air is a start-up hoping to commence services early next year [added]

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Operating DatesStatus

acacusair   

(2014)

Began?

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Aero Club Libya   

**** - ****

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Aero Libia   

**** - ****

Status?

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Aero Sahara   

(2010)

Began?

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Afriqiyah Airways   

2001 - date

Active

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

^ Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways

Air Jamahiriya  updated

1999 - 2001

Renamed

^ 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

Air Kufra   

2008* - 2010*

Status?

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Air Libya   

2009 - date

Active

^ 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

Air Libya (All World Aviation)   

1977* - 1980

Inactive

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Air Libya Tibesti (Tibesti Air Libya)   

1996* - 2009

Renamed

^ 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

Air One Nine (Air 19)   

2004* - 2010*

Status?

^ 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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Air Tobruk   

2005* - 2006*

Status?

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AirLibya   

1963 - 1979*

Status?

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Alajnihah Airways   

2005 - date

Active

^ Comments : Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services on 09Oct2005

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Alamia Air   

2009* - 2009*

Status?

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Aldawlyh Air   

2004* - 2006*

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Allebia Air Cargo   

2007 - 2007

Inactive

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Aqaba Airlines   

2003* - 2004

Inactive

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Attawasol Airlines   

(2012)

Began?

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

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Buraq Air   

2001 - 2015

Inactive

^ Comments : Buraq Air was established on 22Oct2000 & started operations on 15Nov2001 as a private carrier offering domestic charter services. 1st private airline in Libya

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Free Falcon Air   

(2016)

Began?

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

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Ghadames Air Transport   

2004 - date

Active

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Global Aviation   

2006 - date

Active

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

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Gulf Pearl Airlines   

2007* - 2007*

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Jamahiriya Air Transport   

1982 - 1986

Renamed

^ 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

Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

1986 - 1990*

Renamed

^ 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

Kallat Elsaker Air   

2000 - date

Active

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Kardair (Kardasey National Air Transport)   

1978* - 1980*

Status?

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Kingdom of Libya Airlines  updated

1965 - 1969

Renamed

^ 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

LAVCO (Libyan Aviation Company)   

1960* - 1975

Inactive

^ 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

1958 - 1965

Renamed

^ 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

Libiavia   

1982* - 1982*

Status?

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Libo Air Cargo   

2010 - 2013

Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways

Libyan Air Cargo (Libyan Cargo Airlines)   

1987 - date

Active

^ 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

Libyan Airlines  updated

2007 - date

Active

^ 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

Libyan Airways Company   

Early 1950s

Status?

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Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

1969 - 1986

Renamed

^ 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

Libyan Arab Airlines  updated

1990* - 2007

Renamed

^ 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

Libyan Wings   

2015 - date

Active

^ Comments : Libyan Wings commenced operations in Oct2015

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Light Air Company  updated

1992* - 1999

Renamed

^ 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

Linair (Libyan National Airways)   

1962 - 1973

Inactive

^ 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   

(2010)

Began?

^ 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   

(2014)

Began?

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Nayzak Air Transport   

2006 - date

Active

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Nord Africa Aviazione   

1931* - 1936

Renamed

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^ Genealogy : >Ala Littoria

Petro Air   

2008^ - date

Active

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

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Royal Libyan Airlines  updated

1965 - 1965

Renamed

^ 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

Sin Sad Airlines   

2000* - 2001*

Status?

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Tobruk Air   

2002 - 2008*

Status?

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United African Airlines   

1979 - 1983

Renamed

^ 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

United Libyan Airlines   

(2008)

Began?

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United Libyan Airlines  updated

1962* - 1965

Renamed

^ 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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