Mitiga International Airport is a joint use public and military airport in Tripoli, Libya. It is located approximately eight kilometres east of the city centre. As Tripoli International Airport was closed in July 2014 due to the ongoing Second Libyan Civil War, it is currently the sole airport serving Tripoli.
The city of Tripoli is the de jure capital and largest city of Libya. It is situated in the north-western part of the country, on the edge of the desert.
Where to go
Libya used to have a developing tourism as evidenced from the 149,000 tourists that visited the country in 2004 that went up to 180,000 in 2007. However, the tourism industry in Libya was heavily damaged by the Libyan Civil War. Note that as of the moment, Libya no longer issues tourist visas.
Martyrs' Square - Martyrs' Square, also known as Green Square, Independence Square, and originally known as Piazza Italia (Italy Square), is a landmark at the bay in Tripoli. It is a major tourist attraction in Tripoli and is surrounded by the city's main commercial centre. At the centre of the square, a large legendary fountain created by an Italian architect is featured. It also contains the country's national museum.
Red Castle Museum - The Assaraya Alhamra Museum, formerly the Libyan Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli, is the national museum of Libya. It is also known as Assaraya Alhamra Museum–Red Castle Museum because it is housed in the historic building called Red Castle or Red Saraya. Established in 1919, the museum covers 5,000 years from prehistory to the independence revolution (1953) era.
Gurgi Mosque - The Gurgi Mosque is part of a complex of historic buildings in old Tripoli. Situated nearby is the Roman Arch of Marcus Aurelius. The mosque, commissioned by Mustafa Gurgi, was built in 1834.
Tripoli Zoo - Tripoli Zoo is a botanical garden and zoological garden. It lies south of Tripoli's city centre, adjacent to the Tarabulus Zoo Park. Tripoli Zoo is the largest zoo in the country.
All locations served by Mitiga International Airport in Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, and Niger are short haul destinations. Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, has several wonderful tourist attractions, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Montazah Palace Gardens, Fort Qaitbey, Stanley Bridge, and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa. There are also flights to the main gateway of Morocco, the city of Casablanca. Visitors must not miss exploring the central plaza Place Mohammed V, scouring the central market for some bargains, or touring the beachfront district Corniche for the luxury hotels, restaurants, beach clubs, and of course the swimming pools and public beach.
There are no commercial flights to long haul destinations from Mtiiga International Airport. The airports in Istanbul and Casablanca offer plenty of choices to various cities all over the world.
How to get out
Mitiga International Airport offers scheduled passenger service to Borg El Arab International Airport in Alexandria, Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, and Khartoum International Airport in Khartoum. These flights are operated by Libyan Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, and Buraq Air.
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