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Benina International Airport
مطار بنينة الدولي
Benina International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau
Serves Benina, Benghazi, Libya
Elevation AMSL 132 m / 433 ft
Coordinates 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944Coordinates: 32°05′49″N 20°16′10″E / 32.09694°N 20.26944°E / 32.09694; 20.26944
BEN is located in Libya
Location within Libya
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15R/33L 3,576 11,732 Asphalt
15L/33R 3,576 11,732 Asphalt
Sources: WAD,[1] STV[2]

Benina International Airport (IATA: BENICAO: HLLB) (Arabic: مطار بنينة الدولي‎) serves Benghazi, Libya. It is located in the town of Benina, 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of Benghazi, from which it takes its name. The airport is operated by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya and is the second largest in the country after Tripoli International Airport. Benina International is also the secondary hub of both Buraq Air and flag carrier, Libyan Airlines. As of 17 July 2014 all flights to the airport were suspended due to fighting in the area.[3]


USAF Air Transport Command Routes, 1 September 1945

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force during the Eastern Desert Campaign. Known as Soluch Airfield,[nb 1] it was used by the 376th Bombardment Group, which flew B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the airfield between 22 February and 6 April 1943.[4] Once the combat units moved west, it was used as a logistics hub by Air Transport Command. It functioned as a stopover en route to Payne Field near Cairo or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.

In March 2011 (2011-03), forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombed the airport.[5] No damages were reported to facilities.[6]

The airport has been closed since 16 May 2014, due to clashes in the area between militias and forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar.[7][8]


A new terminal with a capacity of 5 million passengers will be developed north of the existing runway at Benina International under a 720 million LYD (€415 million) first-stage contract awarded to Canada's SNC-Lavalin. The final cost is estimated at 1.1 billion LYD (€630 million). As with Tripoli International Airport, the new terminal was designed by Aéroports de Paris Engineering. Preliminary work and site preparation has started, but it remains unclear when the terminal will be open for operation.[9]

The contract for Benina International Airport includes construction of a new international terminal, runway and apron. The new airport is part of an extensive new infrastructure programme being undertaken by the government of Libya throughout the country.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As of 1 August 2014 international airlines had suspended all flights to Libya.[10]

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Casablanca, Dubai, Khartoum, Misrata, Sebha, Sfax, Tripoli, Tunis(Suspended)
Air Malta Malta (Suspended)[11]
Buraq Air Istanbul-Atatürk, Tripoli, Tunis(Suspended)
EgyptAir Cairo(Suspended)
EgyptAir operated
by EgyptAir Express
Alexandria-Borg el Arab(Suspended)
Libyan Airlines Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Cairo, Casablanca, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kufra, Misrata, Sebha, Sfax, Tripoli, Tunis
Seasonal: Jeddah(Suspended)
Qatar Airways Doha (Suspended)
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia(Suspended)
Tunisair Tunis(Suspended)
TunisAir Express Sfax (Suspended)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk(Suspended)


Airlines Destinations
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi, Milan-Malpensa,[12] Vienna

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ Later Soluch Air Base


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ Airport information for HLLB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Airport information for Benina International Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
  3. ^ Saudi Gazette, Libya in Mortal Danger, Editorial, 17 July 2014, http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140717211775
  4. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  5. ^ "Libya: Gaddafi forces bomb Benghazi as US indicates no-fly zone support". The Scotsman. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gaddafi's planes strike around rebel stronghold". Reuters. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ 43 killed in Libya clashes, authorities close Benghazi airport RT. 16 May 2014. Accessed 15 July 2014
  8. ^ 90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance RT. 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ Endress, Gunter (20 May 2008). "Libya to restructure air transport sector". London: Flightglobal. Airline Business. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Libya Herald, International airlines unsure about dates for resuming Libya flights, By Tom Westcott, London, 1 August 2014, http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/01/international-airlines-unsure-about-dates-for-resuming-libya-flights/#axzz39EOzawPJ
  11. ^ No Air Malta flights to Libya until mid-August Malta Today. 17 July 2014
  12. ^ Etihad Crystal Cargo Schedule
  13. ^ QMFound.com: Lady Be Good

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:48:16 -0700

For the last three months, Ansar al-Sharia has focused its military efforts on controlling Benina International Airport outside Benghazi. However, the resistance by Haftar's forces and their use of airstrikes has made the task difficult for the ...

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:32:36 -0700

The attacks killed dozens of Libyan soldiers at the Benina International Airport and four more in a separate attack on a checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi. Al Arabiya reported that "two cars loaded with explosives targeted a military checkpoint ...

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Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:22:30 -0700

The Benina International Airport, the second-largest in the country after Tripoli International Airport, plays a crucial role in clashes due to its strategic location. It is a top target for militant groups, as suggested by the fact that much of the ...
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Currently, they just have Benghazi's Benina International Airport and its surrounding areas under their control. Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler, Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a ...

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:39:55 -0700

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