Tripoli International Airport TIP
, Libya's largest airport - located in the town of Qaser Ben Ghashir, 34 km south of the city center of Tripoli, Libya's capital, and accessible via Airport Highway is currently in restricted service - due to Libya's civil war - as much of the airport had been heavily damaged.
In August 2015 it was reported that the Government announced that heavily destroyed Airport is to be reconstructed and Terminal renovations are to be undertaken - and that the Airport is to be renamed 'Idris International Airport'
(King Idris was removed by Gaddafi in 1969). A foundation stone for the 'new' airport hasleid in March 2016.
- A Turkish company started to rebuild TIA - including the passenger lounge, runway, control tower, and parking facility. The new 3-level terminal would house a passenger lounge and have a capacity of 5 million passengers annually. Also, a new runway would accommodate up to 12 planes.
- By October 2016, the Libya Herald announced that Italian companies visited the Airport's remains to offer a reconstruction plan.
NOTE: According to 'Business News' dated March 3, 2017, the General National Congress stated that the Airport will reopen 'before the end of March 2017'; however, Busines News states that according to recent airport photos the site would require 'a significant amount of work and it is somewhat debatable as to whether it can return to full operational effectiveness so soon'.
Another site states that 'work to rebuild a new terminal, control tower & parking lot has begun, but it was not immediately clear who is funding the project.'
Flights in /out of Tripoli operated through Mitiga airport (formerly a military base) east of Tripoli.
The VIP terminal (with less damage) reopened February 2017.
Qaser Ben Ghashir,
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