Libyan Airlines Targets 50% Market Share

Libyan Airlines is aiming to carry 50 percent of Libya's international flights by 2014, and will do so by carrying a planned 1.5 million passengers.

According to the Libya Herald, the state airline flew approximately 1.2 million passengers in 2012, which included 45 percent of Libya's international travelers and 76 percent of domestic passengers. The targeted increase in international flights is due in part to Libyan Airlines fleet expansion, which includes five new aircraft.

The state-run airline hopes that the current EU airspace ban on their aircraft and fellow state airline Afriqiyah Airways will soon be lifted. The ban bars either airline from using their own planes or flight deck crews in EU airspace, so both airlines are currently wet-leasing aircraft and staff to service some of their routes.

(Source: Libya Herald)

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