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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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16Sep2017

ch-aviation is reporting that Buraq Air is about to resume operations [news]

12Aug2017 

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]

14Jul2017

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

acacusair   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2014)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aero Club Libya   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aero Libia   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aero Sahara   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2010)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Afriqiyah Airways   

Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : 8U : AAW
Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways
Comments : Afriqiyah Airways was established in Apr2001 & commenced scheduled services on 01Dec2001

Air Jamahiriya  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1999 - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Light Air Company >Air Jamahiriya >>Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Air Kufra   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2008* - 2010*
Airline Code : 7F : KAF
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Libya   

Status : Active

Dates :

2009 - date
Airline Code : 7Q : TLR
Genealogy : Air Libya Tibesti >Air Libya
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

Air Libya (All World Aviation)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1977* - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Libya Tibesti (Tibesti Air Libya)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1996* - 2009
Airline Code : 7Q : TLR
Genealogy : Air Libya Tibesti >Air Libya
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

Air One Nine (Air 19)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2010*
Airline Code : N6 : ONR
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Air Tobruk   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2005* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

AirLibya   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1963 - 1979*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Alajnihah Airways  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2005 - date
Airline Code : 2T : ANH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Alajnihah Airways launched cargo services on 09Oct2005 (Charter and scheduled flights out of Tripoli Airport)

Alamia Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2009* - 2009*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aldawlyh Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Allebia Air Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2007 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aqaba Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2003* - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Attawasol Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2012)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Attawasol Airlines was established in Aug2011 but did not start operations

Buraq Air  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001 - 2017
Airline Code : UZ : BRQ
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Free Falcon Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2016)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Free Falcon Air is a start-up hoping to commence services early next year

Ghadames Air Transport   

Status : Active

Dates :

2004 - date
Airline Code : OG : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Global Aviation   

Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : 5S : GAK
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Global Aviation was founded in 2003 and began operations in Jan2006 providing international passenger and cargo transportation

Golden Wing  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Golden Wing is planned proposed cargo and freight company charter carrier out of Benghazi Benina (BEN)

Gulf Pearl Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2007* - 2007*
Airline Code : -- : GPC
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Jamahiriya Air Transport   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1982 - 1986
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >Libyan Air Cargo
Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo in Jun1986

Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1986 - 1990*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Kallat Elsaker Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2000 - date
Airline Code : -- : KES
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Kardair (Kardasey National Air Transport)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1980*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Kingdom of Libya Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965 - 1969
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

LAVCO (Libyan Aviation Company)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1960* - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : LAVCO was formed in 1960 to fly on-demand charters for the oil industry

Libavia (Nord Africa Aviazione Spa)  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1958 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Libavia >>Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Libiavia   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1982* - 1982*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Libo Air Cargo   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2010 - 2013
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Libo Air Cargo >Afriqiyah Airways
Comments : No further information at this time

Libyan Air Cargo (Libyan Cargo Airlines)   

Status : Active

Dates :

1987 - date
Airline Code : -- : LCR
Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >>Libyan Air Cargo
Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo

Libyan Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2007 - date
Airline Code : LN : LAA
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Libyan Airways Company   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

Early 1950s
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Libyan Arab Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1969 - 1986
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Libyan Arab Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1990* - 2007
Airline Code : LN : LAA
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Libyan Wings   

Status : Active

Dates :

2015 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Libyan Wings commenced operations in Oct2015

Light Air Company  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1992* - 1999
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Light Air Company >Air Jamahiriya >>Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Linair (Libyan National Airways)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1962 - 1973
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Linair (Libyan National Airways) was formed in 1962 supported Libya's oil industry from Tripoli. Ceased operations in 1973

Madina Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2010)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Madina Air was established in 2009 plans to operate charter flights in support of oil field operations. Unsure if started

Nawrs Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2014)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Nayzak Air Transport   

Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : M4 : NZA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Nord Africa Aviazione  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1931* - 1936
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Nord Africa Aviazione was founded in 1931

Petro Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2008^ - date
Airline Code : -- : PEO
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Petro Air was founded in 2008 to support the oil industry

Rahila Air  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Royal Libyan Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Libyan Airlines >Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]

Sin Sad Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2000* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Tobruk Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002 - 2008*
Airline Code : 7T : TOB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

United African Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1979 - 1983
Airline Code : UQ : NOL
Genealogy : United African Airlines >Jamahiriya Air Transport >>Libyan Air Cargo
Comments : Jamahiriya Air Transport was founded in 1979 & operations started on 30Jun1979 as United African Airlines. Merged into Libyan Air Cargo

United Libyan Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2008)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

United Libyan Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1962* - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : United Libyan Airlines >>Kingdom of Libya Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Jamahiriya Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Arab Airlines >Libyan Airlines
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]
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