Mitiga International Airport is a joint military cum civil aviation facility near the capital city of Tripoli, in the northwestern region of the North African nation of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Located at a distance of 11 kilometers to the east of Tripoli city centre along the Mediterranean coastline, this airport has been historically active since 1960s, but mostly having been used for military purposes.
Known as the Wheelus Air Base prior to 1970, it served as a United States Air Force facility until the relations deteriorated after Muammar Gaddafi came to power. Subsequently the Soviet Air Force took residence at this airport and it came to be known as the Okba Ben Nafi Air Base when the Libyan People’s Air Force took control. However, the Mitiga Civilian International Airport was recently established in the year 1995 providing scheduled domestic and international flights to Benghazi, Misurata, Istanbul and Aleppo. Situated at an elevation of 36 feet above mean sea level, it is presently also serving as the headquarters of the airline, Buraq Air. With a couple of asphalt surfaced runways measuring 11,076 feet and 6,000 feet catering to a wide variety of flight movements, this airport is serving as an additional facility for Tripoli City with the Tripoli International Airport now taking centre-stage.
A single passenger terminal with modern infrastructure and most passenger convenience facilities as per aviation standards, is serving airlines and passengers utilizing this airport facility. Private taxis and car rental services are also readily available for visitors at this airport enabling convenient and comfortable local transportation options. Moreover, some hotels around Tripoli City are providing hotel shuttle services to/from the Mitiga International Airport for the convenience of their guests seeking comfortable hotel accommodations.