Libyan Wings (Tripoli), despite the on-going civil strife in Libya, launched scheduled passenger operations this today (September 22) with a morning flight from Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport to Istanbul. The inaugural flight was delayed from yesterday.
The new airline is owned by Libyan businessman Wissam Al-Masri according to the Libya Herald.
Tripoli International Airport (IATA: TIP, ICAO: HLLT) operated by LANA and the home of Libyan Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways and Buraq Air was closed this morning according to a report by Reuters. According to Reuters, “LANA said two rockets landed at dawn on a runway”. The airport reported it planned to reopen once it was determined to be safe.
Gun battles between rebel group and the new government of Libya have erupted in the capital city according to Aljazeera.
Looking immaculate after repainting, 5A-DKV taxies at Tripoli. Copyright Photo: Chris Smith.
Air Libya (Benghazi) has brought on line and painted this ex-Air Algerie Boeing 727-2D6 registered 5A-DKV (msn 22374) in the full 2003 colors. Air Libya is privately owned and was originally established in 1995 as Tibesti Air Libya (Tripoli). The company now operates charter flights in support of the Libya oil industry. 5A-DKV is used on passenger charter operations and is part of a diminishing network of passenger operators of the trijet.