Tripoli International Airport (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 34km 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. In 2007, the airport handled 2.1 million passengers.
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.
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 last October on the first new terminal and new runway. The initial capacity will be 6 million passengers when the first module comes into operation in September 2009. 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. Development of airports in tourist destinations such as Ghat and Ghadames has also started, and there are major expansion plans for airports in Sebha and Benghazi.
Tripoli embarks on airport upgrades: consultants vie for $385 million hub expansion.(Tripoli International Airport)(Brief article)
Oct 27, 2006; Tripoli is embarking on a $1,000 million programme to upgrade the country's crumbling civil aviation infrastructure. Prime...