Tripoli, 17 September 2103:
Benghazi-based Air Libya has started as new cargo service in partnership with UK-based Chapman Freeborn Airchartering. As part of the agreement, an Antonov An-26, managed by Chapman Freeborn, is now operating out of Tripoli’s Mitiga airport.
Chapman Freeborn says it expects high demand for the freighter which can use short and unpaved runways in remote locations. With a 5.5 ton payload, it will be available for cargo charter requirements within Libya as well as international flights to and from the EU and North Africa.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Air Libya to develop air cargo solutions in the region. Freight forwarders and energy industry clients will benefit from this cooperation which offers professional, reliable services between the country’s key hubs and more remote locations,” said Paul Drew, Chapman Freeborn’s project manager. “Given the limited air freight and sea freight options currently available, the news of this service has been very well received so far.”
Chapman Freeborn and Air Libya also plan to introduce internal scheduled services to connect Tripoli and Benghazi with Libya’s more remote airfields – including regular operations to the oil fields in the south of the country.
“The venture will provide much needed logistics solutions in a country where few international aviation companies are currently willing to invest in establishing services. It will also provide a viable alternative to sea freight routes to and from Europe which have been subject to high rates,” said a statement from Chapman Freeborn today.
Air Libya was set up in 1996 as Tibesti Aviation, the first private aircraft operator to be granted an AOC in the country. It became Air Libya in 2004 when UAE- based Attibco Aviation Service acquired shares in the company. It has focused its attention on increasing its fleet of aircraft to provide services for the energy industry as well as scheduled passenger services and chartered VIP flights.
In addition to Mitiga and Benghazi’s Benina airport, Air Libya operates out of Sebha and Kufrah.
Chapman Freeborn was voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for six consecutive years. Industry publication Air Cargo News also named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012 and 2013. [/restrict]