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Tripoli Intl Airport

Coordinates: 32°40′10″N 13°09′24″E / 32.66944°N 13.15667°E / 32.66944; 13.15667

Tripoli International Airport
مطار طرابلس العالمي
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
Location Tripoli
Hub for Libyan Airlines

Afriqiyah Airways

Buraq Air

Elevation AMSL 263 ft / 80 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,600 11,811 Asphalt/Concrete
18/36 2,235 7,333 Asphalt

Tripoli International Airport (IATA: TIP, ICAO: HLLT) (Arabic: مطار طرابلس العالمي) serves Tripoli, Libya. It is operated by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya and is the nation's largest airport. Located in the town of Ben Ghashir 34 km south of the city centre, Tripoli International is a hub for Libyan Airlines. The airport is also a hub for Afriqiyah Airways and Buraq Air.

Most flights leave Tripoli International Airport from the main International Passenger Terminal, while domestic flights leave through the National Terminal. The terminal capacity is 3 million passengers a year. The airport handled 2.1 million passengers in 2007, and over 3 million passengers in 2008. Two new terminals will be built within the next several years which will bring the total capacity of the airport to 20 million - the first new terminal is due to open by March 2011.

Libyan Airlines operates the most weekly departures from the airport at 98; it is followed by Afriqiyah Airways (83 flights), Buraq Air (42 flights), Alitalia (14 flights) and British Airways (14 flights). Transport to and from Tripoli city center usually involves taking a taxi or shared taxi. Tour operators offer coaches to and from the airport connecting it with numerous hotels in the city centre.


During the Second World War the airfield was used by the British Royal Air Force and was named RAF Castel Benito later changing to RAF Idris in 1952. In the 50s and 60s the airport was named Tripoli Idris International Airport. The airport was renovated for national and international air travel in September 1978. The existing international terminal was designed and built from a masterplan developed by Alexander Gibb.


The entrance to the main international terminal.
The entrance to the main international terminal.

There is one main passenger terminal in Tripoli International Airport that serves international departures and arrivals and a smaller domestic terminal for national flights. Check in and arrival facilities for domestic flights are through the domestic terminal whilst international check in and arrival is facilitated in the much larger international terminal. The international terminal hall is a five story building with an area of 33,000 square meters, and is capable of handling 3 million passengers annually. Check-in facilities are all located on the ground floor. The departure gates are located on the floor above as is the duty free section. Beside this is a prayer room and a first class lounge which serves business class and above on almost all airlines operating from the airport. The airport operates 24 hours a day. There is no overnight accommodation in the airport but there are plans to build an airport hotel to serve transit flyers. A restaurant can be found on the fourth floor of the international terminal.

Until recently, all domestic departures and arrivals were routed through the same terminal. The domestic terminal was reopened in recent years however after a large maintenance project to upgrade facilities. The main concourse contains national airline desks, check in facilities and a restaurant. There is one large departure hall that serves all departing passenger and a small hall with two baggage belts for arriving passengers. Outside the terminal there are white microbuses that transport passengers to and from both terminals free of charge. Some airlines such as Afriqiyah Airways operate their own buses that connect passengers between the terminals. Cargo handling facilities at Tripoli International include cranes, heavy fork lifts, roller pallet lifts and conveyor belts. There is twenty four hour fire protection at the airport with 112 trained personnel working at the fire station.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 12 May 2010, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, an Airbus A330-200 crashed on approach to the airport on a flight from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. 103 of 104 people on board were killed.

Future plans

Airport Expansion

A Libyan Airlines jet taxis in the international terminal
A Libyan Airlines jet taxis in the international terminal

In September 2007, the Libyan government announced a project to upgrade and expand Tripoli International. The eventual total cost of the project, contracted to a joint venture between Brazil's Odebrecht, TAF Construction of Turkey, Consolidated Contractors Company of Lebanon and Vinci Construction of France, is LD2.54 billion ($2.1 billion). The project is to construct two new terminals at the airport (an East Terminal and a West Terminal) on either side of the existing International Terminal. Each of the new terminals will be 162,000 square-meters in size, and collectively they will have a capacity of 20 million passengers and a parking lot for 4,400 vehicles. French company Aéroports de Paris designed the terminals, which are expected to serve 100 airplanes simultaneously. Work started in October 2007 on the first new terminal. The initial capacity will be 6 million passengers when the first module comes into operation. Preparation is also underway for the second new terminal, which will eventually bring the total capacity to 20 million passengers; the completed airport is expected to strengthen Libya's position as an African aviation hub. Although the government identified Tripoli airport as a ‘fast track’ project in 2007, leading to construction work starting before the design was fully developed, the project will not be finished until at least 2011. The cost of the project has also been rising, leading to an intense round of renegotiations.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Abidjan, Accra, Amsterdam, Bamako, Bangui, Benghazi, Brussels, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar,Dhaka, Douala, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lomé, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, N'Djamena, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Malta Malta
Alajnihah Airways Benghazi
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Libyan Airlines Vienna
BMI London-Heathrow [begins 1 December]
British Airways London-Heathrow
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Buraq Air Aleppo, Alexandria-El Nouhza, Benghazi, Cairo, Istanbul-Atatürk, La Braq, Rabat, Sabha, Sarajevo, Tunis
EgyptAir Cairo
EgyptAir Express Alexandria-El Nouhza
Emirates Dubai
Jat Airways Belgrade, Malta
KLM Amsterdam
Libyan Airlines Alexandria-El Nouhza, Algiers, Amman, Ankara, Athens, Beida, Benghazi, Cairo, Casablanca, Damascus, Dubai, Ghadames, Ghat, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Kiev-Borispol, La Braq, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Sabha, Sirte, Tobruk, Tunis
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Nayzak Air Transport Benghazi, La Braq, Sabha, Tunis
Qatar Airways Casablanca, Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Sevenair Djerba, Sfax, Tunis
Spanair Barcelona [begins 14 December]
Syrian Air Damascus
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk


Airlines Destinations
Air Libya Benghazi, Tobruk
Air One Nine Benghazi, Sabha
Karthago Airlines Tunis

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General Info
Country Libya
Time UTC+2
Latitude 32.663544
32° 39' 48.76" N
Longitude 13.159011
013° 09' 32.44" E
Elevation 263 feet
80 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS

TWR 118.1
GND 120.1
APP 124.0

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 11815 x 145 feet
3601 x 44 meters
18/36 8650 x 145 feet
2637 x 44 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME TPI TRIPOLI 092X 114.5 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)
Oil O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)

FUEL (NC-100, A1)
OIL O-100-120
RSTD Fst 3281' Rwy 09 clsd for maint UFN.

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