Tripoli International Airport (IATA: TIP, ICAO: HLLT) (Arabic: مطار طرابلس العالمي) is aninternational airport built to serve the capital city of Libya. The airport is located in the area of Qasr bin Ghashir 34 kilometers (21 miles) from central Tripoli. As part of the 2014 Libiyan Civil War, the airport was heavily damaged in the Battle of Tripoli Airport. It used to be the hub for Libiyan Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways and Buraq Air.
The airport has been closed intermittently since 2011 and as of late 2016,flights to and from Tripoli have been using Mitiga International Airport instead. As of August 2014, the airport was heavily damaged by fighting.
Originally the airport was called Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport and was a Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force) airfield created in 1934 in the southern outskirts of Italian Tripoli In 1938 the Italian Libya governor Italo Balbo enlarged the military airfield and created an international airport for civilians served by AlaLittoria, the official Italian airline: the Aeroporto di Tripoli-Castel Benito. The first international flights were done to Rome, Tunis and Malta. In 1939 was added a flight from Rome to Ethiopa and Somalia, that was one of the first intercontinental flights in world history.
Tripoli Intl Airport in Tripoli, Libya has a runway length of 11811 feet and is suitable for Small props, Small Jets, Medium Jets, Long Range Jets, Regional Airliners and Large Airliners.
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