Founded in 2001, owned by the Libyan Government and commencing operations with a very modest fleet of one Boeing 737-400, Afriqiyah Airways has grown exponentially since its inception. By 2008, the airline had purchased three Airbus A319s', six Airbus A320s and three Airbus A330-200s. Additionally, Afriqiyah Airways has a number of Airbus A350's on order. Although the airline's main hub is based in Tripoli, the company also operate from Mitiga International Airport, as their hub in Tripoli International Airport was temporarily closed in 2014 due to the war. The airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association, the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and employs more than 280 staff.
The airline currently serves routes to more than 19 destinations, including London, Rome, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. In addition, they serve major routes in Africa, such as Accra, Lagos, Johannesburg, Douala and Abidjan. In 2016, a new destination was introduced by the airline called Obari, which ensured that the inhabitants of the region no longer had to travel in excess of 200 km to obtain a flight to Tripoli. In October 2016, the airline also acquired part of the Aviation Training Center of Tunisia.
The airline offers both Economy Class and Business Class tickets to its customers. Economy Class passengers can expect comfortable seating, first-class customer service, in-flight entertainment, the option to check-in online, and a generous baggage allowance. Business Class passengers, on the other hand, can anticipate extra-wide seating and ample leg room, large TV screens in order to enjoy the in-flight entertainment, a premium menu, amenity kit, and double the ratio of cabin crew to that of Economy Class passengers in addition to a very generous baggage allowance. Although the airline does not offer any formal Airmiles initiatives, they frequently offer discounted flight packages and provide some excellent discounts for groups.
Check-in: Passengers have the option to check-in online prior to departure. Alternatively, ticket holders can check-in at the kiosk in the airport. The baggage allowance permitted by Afriqiyah Airways depends on the passengers intended destination and class of service.
Economy Class, regional domestic and international flights: 1 bag, 25 kg of hold luggage and 8 kg of carry-on baggage for which the dimensions must not exceed 51 x 20 x 38 cm.
Business Class passengers: 1 bag of 50 kg checked luggage and carry-on luggage of 8 kgs for which the dimensions must not exceed the above measurements.