Ghardabiya Airbase

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Ghardabiya Airbase
Gardabya Airport
Ghardabiya Airfield - Damaged Aircraft Shelters - Operation Odyssey Dawn.jpg
United States Department of Defense reconnaissance photo of hangars at Ghardabiya
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Libya
Location Sirte
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 31°03′38″N 16°36′42″E / 31.06056°N 16.61167°E / 31.06056; 16.61167Coordinates: 31°03′38″N 16°36′42″E / 31.06056°N 16.61167°E / 31.06056; 16.61167
Ghardabiya Airbase is located in Libya
Ghardabiya Airbase
Ghardabiya Airbase
Location in Libya
Direction Length Surface
ft m
31/13 11,807 3,600 Asphalt
18/36 11,807 3,600 Asphalt

Ghardabiya Airbase is a dual-function airbase for the Libyan Air Force south of the city of Sirte.[2] It also incorporates an airport for civilian use.[3] It was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in May 2015, and was reportedly captured by pro-government forces in June 2016.

Military use[edit]

It is the home base of 1124 Bomber Squadron and 1st Fighter-Bomber Squadron which operate the Su-22 aircraft.[4] The base also operates the Aero L-39 Albatross for counterinsurgency missions.

Civilian use[edit]

Due to the Libyan Civil War (2011) all flights were suspended; however, since the end of the conflict, Libyan Airlines have resumed service. It is currently unknown if Tibesti Air Libya is using the airport.

Airlines Destinations
Air Libya Tibesti Tripoli
Libyan Airlines Tripoli
Tunisair Tunis[5]

Libyan Civil War (2011)[edit]

It was targeted by United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers equipped with precision-guided munitions (PGMs) during the Libyan Civil War (2011) on 20 and 21 March 2011.[6] The United States Navy also participated in the attack to deny the Libyan Air Force operational capability with the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles.[7][8]

In May 2015, ISIL militants took control of the airport, after seizing full control of nearby Sirte, only weeks before.[9] On 4 June 2016, Pro-Libyan government fighters stated that they had captured the airbase from ISIL.[10]


Google Map aerial view

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