Libyan Airlines, formerly known as Libyan Arab Airlines over several decades, is the oldest airline of Libya, and the country’s flag carrier. It operates scheduled passenger and cargo services within Libya and to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the majority of which leave from Tripoli International Airport. It is wholly owned by the government of Libya.
The carrier traces its root back to 1964 when Kingdom of Libya Airlines was set up. It began operations flying regional routes in 1965. Absorbing Libavia and United Libya Airlines operations, international flights radiating from Benghazi and Tripoli began in October 1965.
Following the 1969 coup d’etat, the airline was renamed Libyan Arab Airlines. In 2006, the airline was renamed Libyan Airlines.