Libyan, Afriqiyah looking to buy maindeck capacity

Libya’s state-owned airlines, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, are planning to take a share of air cargo imports from foreign operators and boost the country’s aviation sector with new airfreight services.


Afriqiyah looking to buy maindeck capacity Libyan


Libya’s state-owned airlines, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, are planning to take a share of air cargo imports from foreign operators and boost the country’s aviation sector with new airfreight services.

To meet this goal Libyan is considering leasing one freighter and buying another second-hand – likely A300-600Fs. The carrier has said it will start with perishables such as food, delicate and precious goods and even clothes and will focus on the key cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi from which the goods will be distributed by road and smaller passenger aircraft.

Currently Libya has only one airfreight company, Global Aviation, which operates freight services with an Il-76 and A300-600F that is operated on its behalf by EgyptAir. Afriqiyah Airways also has a new strategy to focus on cargo and plans to establish a freight subsidiary with plans to purchase freighter aircraft. Currently the carrier leases the occasional freighter for special charters with most of Afriqiyah’s services providing only minimal belly capacity of its passenger fleet.

The erstwhile cargo carriers face a number of problems however, including stiff competition from international carries like Turkish Airlines, which operates daily flights into Libya. Libyan airlines are also presently banned from flying to Europe due to safety issues. The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (LYCAA) is working on turning around the aviation sector, which has been stunted by years of official neglect under the 42-year regime of Muammar Qaddafi.