Libyan Airlines Board Unified after 8-Year Division


On Sunday, Libyan Airlines, the national flag carrier of Libya, announced the reunification of the company’s Board of Directors, after a division of more than eight years.

In a statement, the airline said that the company’s “new Board of Directors took over its duties today in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company, and members of the Board of Directors of the company’s management in Benghazi and Tripoli.”

“The unification of the Libyan Airlines Company is considered a national achievement that successive governments have been unable to accomplish for more than eight years,” the statement noted.

“We hope that the company’s new board will be able to provide better services to all passengers,” the statement concluded.

Notably, the Airbus A330 joined the Libyan Airlines fleet last week, according to Saber Al-Tir, the Director of the Airline’s Information Office.

Libya also owns two Airbus A320’s, with flights “to be scheduled based on the demand of the customers,” according to Al-Tir.

Earlier this month, the airlines denied all rumours that it would be suspending its flights permanently, and declaring bankruptcy.

In a statement, it confirmed that “today’s suspension was exceptional to complete routine procedures,” adding that it would resume its flights tomorrow afternoon. The company added that all rumours are “baseless, and lack credibility.”

A high-level Libyan Airlines delegation headed by Hamed Esbaqa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, has recently visited Egypt’s state-owned airline company EgyptAir.

Both sides reportedly reached an agreement for the EgyptAir Training Academy to train Libyan pilots on the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft.

This is a part of EgyptAir’s strategy to enhance joint cooperation with Arab airlines in various fields of air transport.

Many neighbouring countries have resumed flying with Libya, such as Tunisia and Egypt, but the European Union, except Malta, continues to suspend direct flights with Libya.

The EU said in April 2022, that it will continue to prevent Libyan planes from entering its airspace. This decision was made due to fears that the Libyan authorities will not be able to guarantee the safety of planes, and the continuing clashes between the conflicting Libyan parties.