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Tripoli International Airport

Tripoli International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
ServesTripoli, Libya
LocationTripoli, Libya
Hub- Afriqiyah Airways
- Buraq Air
- Libyan Airlines
Elevation80 m (263 ft)

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The Tripoli International Airport (Arabic: مطار طرابلس العالمي) is an international airport that 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 (21.1 mi) south of the city centre, the airport is a hub for Libyan Airlines; it is also a hub for Afriqiyah Airways and Buraq Air.

With the closure of the National Terminal as part of the construction of the new airport, all flights, international and domestic, leave the airport from the main International Passenger 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 were to be built within the next several years which would bring the total capacity of the airport to 20 million the first new terminal was 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), EgyptAir (14 flights) and Alitalia (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.

The airport closed as a result of United Nations Security Council establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.

Anti-Gaddafi forces were reported to have captured the airport during their advance on Tripoli on 21 August 2011.

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