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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1978
Hubs Malta International Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations Tripoli International Airport and numerous locations in the Libyan Desert.
Headquarters Malta International Airport
Luqa, Malta
Key people A Zmirli, Managing Director
A Dekna, GM Technical
Joe Formosa, GM Finance

Mediterranean Aviation Company Limited, doing business as Medavia, is an airline with its head office at Malta International Airport in Luqa, Malta.[1] It operates ad hoc charters and long term leases mainly in North Africa supporting the oil industry and the provision of VIP charters. Its main bases are Malta International Airport and Tripoli International Airport, Libya.[2] Medavia has around 170 employees (as of 2007).


The airline is a Maltese registered company founded in 1978. It started operations in September 1979.

The organisation is an internationally accredited enterprise that primarily offers a range of aviation services namely flight operations charters with its own fleet, aircraft maintenance services and business charter brokerage.

Medavia officials were detained in the wake of the Libyan civil war over allegations that they supported the Gaddafi regime. Managing director Abdulrazagh Zmirli and technical general manager Abdalla Dekna were taken into custody in late December 2013. Both were released without charges in the first week of the new year.[3]

A Medavia aircraft was damaged by unrest in Tripoli, which coalesced in the Battle of Tripoli Airport.[4] Medavia flights served as evacuation channels for Maltese nationals in the weeks following the commencement of the battle.[5] Medavia currently serves as the only airline with flights from Libya direct to Europe, after plans for Libyan airline Ghadames Air Transport to begin Libya-Malta routes fell through.[6]


De Havilland Canada Dash 8

The Medavia fleet includes the following aircraft (as of March 2008):


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Medavia. Retrieved on April 23, 2013. "P.O. Box 48, Malta International Airport Luqa LQA 4000"
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 48. 
  3. ^ Peregin, Christian (4 January 2013). "Medavia bosses freed". Times of Malta (Valletta). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Medavia plane hit during clashes at Tripoli airport". The Malta Independent. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "More Maltese pull out of Libya on two Medavia flights". The Malta Independent. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Malta-Misrata flights launched by Maltese 4seasons Travel". Libya Herald (Tripoli). 10 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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