Misrata Airport

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Misrata International Airport
مطار مصراته الدولي
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
Serves Tripolitania / 8th Governate
Location Misrata, Libya
Opened 1998
Elevation AMSL 59 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 32°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
Website www.misurata-airport.com
Map
MRA is located in Libya
MRA
MRA
Location within Libya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 11,154 3,400 Paved
Jet Time Boeing 737-300 at Misrata Airport, February 2012

Misrata Airport is an international airport in Misrata, Libya (IATA: MRAICAO: HLMS) which also acts as an air base and training center for the Libyan Air Force.[1]

History[edit]

The airport was created in 1939 as a small landing site in the Misrata 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 Misrata Airport is dependent on for its operations.[2] Flights resumed on the night of 15 July.[3]

Military use[edit]

The Libyan Air Force operates the Soko G-2 aircraft extensively at Misrata 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 Misrata. It was reported to have been promptly shot down by the French Air Force.[4][5] 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.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Istanbul-Atatürk, Sfax, Tunis
Libyan Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Sfax, Tunis

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Global Aviation and Services Group Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Ostend
Buraq Air Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libya Air Order of Battle". GlobalSecurity.org. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance RT. 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ Tripoli airport under fire for fourth day Al Jazeera. 16 July 2014. Accessed 17 July 2014
  4. ^ "Gadhafi's Warplane Destroyed By French Fighter Jets in Misrata". ABC News. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "French fighter shoots down Libyan jet". BBC News. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Libya live (16:22)". The Telegraph. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 

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