Misrata Airport

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Misurata International Airport

مطار مصراته الدولي
Summary
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorLibyan Airports Authority
ServesMisrata, Libya
Opened1998
Elevation AMSL60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates32°19′32″N 15°3′35″E / 32.32556°N 15.05972°E / 32.32556; 15.05972Coordinates: 32°19′32″N 15°3′35″E / 32.32556°N 15.05972°E / 32.32556; 15.05972
Websitewww.misurataairport.ly
Map
MRA is located in Libya
MRA
MRA
Location within Libya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 3,400 11,155 Asphalt
Source: GCM[1] SkyVector[2] Google Maps[3]

Misrata Airport (IATA: MRA, ICAO: HLMS) is an international airport serving Misrata, a Mediterranean coastal city in the Misrata District of Libya. It also acts as an air base and training center for the Libyan Air Force.[4]

The runway length does not include a 305 metres (1,001 ft) paved overrun on each end.

The Misrata VOR-DME (Ident: MIS) is located on the field.[5]

History[edit]

The airport was created in 1939 as a small landing site in the Misurata province of Italian Libya.

On 15 December 2011 the airport celebrated its first regularly scheduled international commercial flights by a non-Libyan airline (Turkish Airlines).

On 14 July 2014, the airport was closed to flights due to clashes at Tripoli International Airport, which Misurata Airport is dependent on for its operations.[6] Flights resumed on the night of 15 July.[7]

Military use[edit]

The Libyan Air Force operates the Soko G-2 aircraft extensively at Misurata in both a training and counterinsurgency capacity.

The first Libyan warplane to challenge the no-fly zone during the Libyan Civil War was a G-2 from Misurata. It was reported to have been promptly shot down by the French Air Force.[8][9] A few hours later an armed forces spokesman specified that the plane was destroyed on the runway with an AASM air-to-ground missile just after it had landed.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Afriqiyah AirwaysIstanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah,[11] Sfax, Tunis
Libyan Airlines Tunis[12]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Global Aviation and Services GroupIstanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Ostend
Buraq AirIstanbul-Sabiha Gökcen
Afriqiyah Airways CargoIstanbul-Sabiha Gökcen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for Misrata Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Misrata Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Misurata Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Libya Air Order of Battle". GlobalSecurity.org. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Misrata VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ 90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance RT. 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ Tripoli airport under fire for fourth day Al Jazeera. 16 July 2014. Accessed 17 July 2014
  8. ^ "Gadhafi's Warplane Destroyed By French Fighter Jets in Misrata". ABC News. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  9. ^ "French fighter shoots down Libyan jet". BBC News. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Libya live (16:22)". The Telegraph. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  11. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/283689/afriqiyah-airways-resumes-misurata-jeddah-service-in-1h19/
  12. ^ http://info.flightmapper.net/airport/MRA

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