Airports in Libya

Airports in Libya

Canadian passengers traveling to Libya would usually fly into Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) and then connect to a regional carrier to their preferred city. These could include Mitiga International Airport (MJI), Tripoli International Airport (TIP), Misurata International Airport (MRA), or Tobruk International Airport (TOB). With the exception of Tobruk, flights from Istanbul are direct to these Libyan airports. Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest airfare and the best routings for your trip. If you're not sure what part of Libya to visit, use the handy To Everywhere search screen. Another screen, the Route Map, can show you the best departure cities from Canada.

Travelling to Libya

Travel requirements for visitors to Libya frequently change, often without warning. All visitors from Canada do require a visa, obtainable at any Libyan consulate except the one in New York. You must have at least six months validity remaining on your passport to be granted a visa. Once in Libya, register with the Embassy of Canada in Tunisia. Signing up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service is also advised.

ATMs are not commonly found in Libya, even in airports. Canadian cash cannot be exchanged for the Libyan dinar, but US Dollars can. Get some US cash before leaving home or at a connecting airport. It's a cash economy, so don't count on using a credit or debit card, except perhaps at major hotels.

Renting a car in Libya is not always a great idea, due to political strife and the large sections of desert. It's more common to rent a car and driver, whether that's in town or at an airport. In some parts of the interior and along the country's borders, visitors are not allowed without an escort.

The primary means for tourists to get around are taxis, which are not metered. Rates are negotiated, whether it's from the airport or just around town. This goes for all airports in Libya. Another thing to be aware of is that airports often close without notice, usually due to political action of some sort. Before you make that trip to Libya, check with the Government of Canada to see if any warnings have been issued.

Mitiga International Airport (MJI)

The Mitiga International Airport is roughly eight kilometres from downtown Tripoli. The commercial facility supports cargo and passenger flights, the latter mostly from regional carriers. Afriqiyah Airways, Libyan Airlines, Libyan Wings and Medavia Air are the primary carriers. Flights from Canada would most likely head for Istanbul and connect with one of these carriers.

Tripoli International Airport (TIP)

Larger than the Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli International was intended to be the capital city's main gateway. Its one terminal has five stories and is designed to handle up to three million passengers per year, but because of repeated closures due to conflicts that has yet to happen. Passenger carriers providing flights to Tripoli are Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, from Istanbul and Bayda, respectively. Tripoli International is 34 kilometres west of downtown Tripoli. Again, Canadian passengers would connect in Istanbul.

Misurata International Airport (MRA)

Located in the town of Misurata, the Misurata Airport offers service to passenger airlines, cargo carriers, and military aircraft. Its one terminal welcomes flights on Afriqiyah Airways, Libyan Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, most of them originating in Istanbul. Passengers from Canada would fly into Istanbul and then make the connection.

Tobruk International Airport (TOB)

Tobruk International Airport is on the eastern end of Libya, roughly 25 kilometres south of the port city of Tobruk. Airlines flying into Tobruk include Air Libya, Buraq Air and Libyan Airlines, all regional carriers mostly providing service from Tripoli. Canadian passengers would also fly into Istanbul and then connect to a one-stop flight through Tripoli to get to Tobruk.

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