Wednesday, April 3, 2013

► LIBYA: Libyan Airlines looking to dramatically boost international and domestic market share in 2013/2014.

Libyan Airlines logoLibyan Airlines (LN) is aiming to boost its passenger numbers by 11% in 2014, to 1.5million as the carrier seeks to secure a 50% market share of Libya's international traffic.

Libyan Airlines new A320 in Misrata
According to recently released figures, Libyan Airlines flew 1'225'000 passengers which equates to 45% of the country’s international air travellers and 76% percent of all domestic passengers.

With plans for fleet expansion currently ongoing, the Libyan national carrier is aiming to move 1'350'000 passengers this year with 80% domestic market share. However, despite reassurances from the carrier earlier this year that their Bombardier CRJ-900 fleet (maintained by Lufthansa Technik) would be exempted from the EU No-Fly list, of which LN is a part, the ban has yet to be lifted, forcing the airline to operate a leased Tunisian Nouvelair Airbus on flights to the UK.

At the last review of the EU No-Fly List, Libya assented to maintaining voluntary restrictions on all air carriers licensed in Libya, inclusive of Afriqiyah (8U), Libyan Airlines' sister carrier.