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Afriqiyah Airways is a state owned airline based in Tripoli, Libya. The airline's main hub is at Tripoli International Airport, and the airline is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and the International Air Transport Association. Afriqiyah Airways currently operates a small route network out of Mitiga International Airport instead.

Afriqiyah Airways flies from Tripoli to London Gatwick four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Afriqiyah Airways covers some of the major destinations in Africa like Abidjan, Accra, Lagos, Johannesburg and Douala.

In 2010, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines were expected to merge into one airline, which was later postponed. As a consequence of the Libyan Civil War and the resulting no-fly zone over the country enforced by NATO, all flight operations by Afriqiyah Airways were terminated on 17 March 2011.

Afriqiyah Airways is the Arabic word for ‘African’ and its aircraft are painted in striking colours of red, green, yellow and black reflecting the colours of Africa.

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Cabin Classes

Afriqiyah Airways offers both Economy and Business class.

Economy Class

The. Afriqiyah’s Economy Class cabin is not your usual Economy class cabin for comfiness. The seats are more spacious with a seat pitch of 31 inches. For entertainment you're offered a variety of film and audio programmes, as well as a periodical magazine to keep you amused for the duration of your flight. Here are the listed features of the Economy class:

  • Room to relax.
  • An assortment of in-flight cuisine, which is fresh and healthy.
  • Friendly cabin crew, which will be there to provide you with any support needed throughout your flight.
  • The seats are designed to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Business Class

Below are the services provided when flying Business class with Afriqiyah Airways. These services are subject to aircraft, however will be available in the majority of Business class cabins:

  • Legroom is double the amount of Economy.
  • The seat width is 2-3 inches bigger than Economy.
  • Business seats recline further than Economy seats.
  • You can adjust recline position, leg rest and lumbar support. You have the ability to alter recline position, leg rest and lumbar support.
  • You can charge your laptop using their Laptop Power Ports.
  • Premium food and beverage service. They offer an improved food and beverage service.
  • The cabin staff to passenger ratio is higher, meaning you'll be supported more during your flight.


Afriqiyah Airways' has a different baggage policy for checked and carry-on baggage. Which cabin class you're flying will impact your allowance.

Checked Baggage

If you're flying Economy class you'll get an allowance of 20kg.

If you're flying Business class you'll get an allowance of 30kg.

Carry-on Baggage

If you're flying Economy you're permitted to one piece of hand-luggage and if you're flying Business you're permitted to 2.

All objects must be small enough to fit in the overhead compartment or beneath the seat in front of you.

Personal carry-items that can be checked in are:

  • 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag etc
  • A single laptop. (if you're bringing a computer with you, this can't be checked in and must be carried on).
  • An item that is similar or smaller in size to ones previously listed above.

Extra personal carry-on goods that are permitted:

  • Duty-free items, and meals or beverages which have been purchased once passing through security.
  • Crutches and child safety seats are examples of special equipment which can be taken onboard.
  • Depending on room available, it could be possible to take personal assistive devices like strollers.

Size limitations for carry-on baggage:

  • The maximum sized for checked bags is 56 x 36 x23cm.
  • Your baggage must fit in the carry-on baggage check, which is situated at the gate and near the check-in counters. Must fit without difficulty.

Delays happen when big baggage can't fit in the overhead bins. Any big luggage that needs to be checked in at the gate may incur excess baggage charges. Please adhere to the previous size criteria mentioned above to prevent delays and fees.

If you're flying with an Infant under 2 years of age and they don't have a seat, they're entitled to 1 piece of carry-on which is a maximum of 10kg and can't exceed dimensions of 115cm.

Special Services

Afriqiyah Airways' provides support for children, flying alone or as part of a family, as well as passengers with a disability.

Flying with Children

  • Young people flying alone can check in separately and Afriqiyah Airways have devoted staff members who will walk them to and from the plane.
  • Families with small children will get priority boarding and for your convenience and pleasure, every plane is furnished with changing tables and bassinets.

Flying with a Disability

If you require extra assistance whilst flying, let the reservation staff know of the requirement. They aim to make their flight as easy and comfortable as possible for their passengers.

  • Wheelchairs at the airport - From check-in to the boarding gate or from the plane to the arrivals hall at your destination, Afriqiyah will arrange wheelchair transportation. If you want this service, please let us know at least one day before your trip - ideally when making the booking.
  • Travelling with your own wheelchair - Your wheelchair or other mobility aids are safe with Afriqiyah Airways to transport onto the flight. When making your reservation, please discuss any size or weight limitations that may apply. They'll keep folding wheelchairs and other mobility devices in the cabin of the plane if there is room. They'll be transported in the hold if unable to do this. All wheelchairs and other mobility aids are transported without charge and do not count towards the allowed amount of checked luggage. If you travel with a battery-operated wheelchair, you must take specific precautions. Please request information when making your reservation.
  • Passengers with a hearing or visual impairment - please let the booking agent know if you need meet-and-greet assistance or need help getting on from the plane, and fill out a MEDIF form or present a medical certificate.
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Destinations that Afriqiyah Airways flies to

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Tripoli International Airport

Update: The airport has been closed intermittently since 2011 and flights to and from Tripoli have been using Mitiga International Airport instead.

Misrata Airport

Misrata Airport is an international airport serving Misrata, the Mediterranean coastal city in the Misrata District of Libya. The airport is also the air base and training center for the Libyan Air Force.


Afriqiyah Airways air fleet consists of 4 Airbus A320 – 200 and 1 Airbus A330 – 300.