Tripoli International Airport Passenger Reviews and Traveller Reports
Tripoli International Airport customer review : 11 October 2012 by D Stanley (UK)|
Rating : 5/10
Airport conditions are fairly reasonable given the recent difficulties. Do try to have your visa in good order before
arriving. Visa on arrival is only possible if it has been arranged in advance and takes some time to issue at the
airport. Apart from that, the arrivals process is OK. Just follow everyone else! Departing is also not too bad.
However, as has been pointed out, the signs are all in Arabic, so it can be difficult to know where to go. Check in
is a little chaotic. Finding the departure lounge may not be that easy. Staff are actually quite helpful and polite.
There are a few shops and a basic business lounge. Wireless internet is available and works quite well.
Tripoli International Airport review : 28 March 2010 by Peter Thackray
Customer Rating : 2/5
Small airport that seems to work more or less OK. All signs are in Arabic only so navigation
can be tricky for a non-arabic speaker. Airport staffs grasp of English was slim but enough
to get you to where you needed to be with a bit of common sense. Upon arrival we followed the
crowd to the Passport Control and said "English" to one of the guards and were shown to the
CD/Dipolomatic Passport Area where our passports had an initial check, and were then pointed
to an ajacent window were a lady said "Group" which meant we were on a group Visia which they
then verified before having the passport stamped by 3 stamps and we were in Libya. Next a
check that the passport had been stamped by a guard, all hand luggage scanned and downstairs
to Baggage Reclaim where the cases came through quickly. Suitcases then scanned and we were
in Arrivals. Money Changing was simple, no forms to complete! Upon return for International
Travel there is a Cafe and small Duty Free Shop and Gift Shop beyond Passport and Secuirty
before the Departure Gates that only takes Hard Currency. There is a 4th Floor Cafe in the
general area that gives good views of aircraft coming and going and has a reasonable choice of
snacks and cooked food. It seems to close about 20:00 in the evening.
Tripoli International Airport review : 20
December 2009 by Frank Epple
Customer Rating : 2/5
A rather small airport yet hard to navigate for Westerners as all signs are in Arabic only.
Both immigration and emigration take time - my counter just closed when I was one person away
of reaching it, "we are so tired now!" Business class lounge (Austrian) crowded, attentdants
do their best which is not too much.
Tripoli International Airport review : 2 February 2009 by Rob Sidley
Customer Rating : 3/5
Travelled in transit LGW-TIP-ACC back in November and on both outward and return legs, I found
the staff helpful and courteous. Although the airport may not be up to the international
standards of LHR or AMS, nonetheless, a compact tidy terminal. It also has an excellent duty
free shop. Remember though, that Libya is a "dry" country. The only Becks you can buy is non-
Tripoli International Airport review : 29 July 2008 : by K Sterry
Customer Rating : 1/5
Used this airport countless times in the past 18 months. My opinion is that it has it has a long
way to go before it reaches an international standard. The Libyans know this and a new one is
planned and will replace the old international one in a few years. The domestic building (separate)
is brand new and although spartan and modern, it functions well though security checks could be
speeded up and better organised. You get on a transfer bus to be ferried over to the international
side where a domestic plane is parked further out. The buses are very old and on one occasion, has
broken down (collapsed suspension!). The international terminal leaves a lot to be desired - on
arrival, you are stuck at immigration for a long time, and go through two guys. Then you go through
screen/xray before collecting your luggage downstairs. The luggage often falls off the conveyor,
and you can find old luggage behind the back of the stairs! After this, you arrive into the main
hall which is in a drab dull olive-green plastic decor. For departing, checkouts can take a long
time and can be disorderly. Then it's a long wait through a myriad of security checks before
leaving the green gloom for upstairs which has a better atmosphere but seating is very limited and
they are cold hard metal seats. First class lounge is very good, but also very busy and popular with
families with kids. Gates are extremely basic, and expect to change gates while they make their
minds up. Don't use the loos in the gates - they are one of the worst I've seen on my travels.
The whole airport is air conditioned and works well, which is a must in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tripoli International Airport by Chris Glover
25 February 2008 Customer Rating :
Tripoli airport works. On arrival, immigration is two guys - the first checks passport, the second
your visa and any "Wrong" passport stamps. Duty free on way down to baggage reclaim, which I found
very cheap but poor selection. Baggage reclaim fast, then through x-ray to arrivals lobby.
Departing similar immigration followed by boarding card stamping and numerous x-ray machines.
Better duty free on departures but still a limited selection. New business lounge on 4th is OK with
selection of soft drinks, hot food etc - better than old one. But little chance of western
newspapers. Domestic airport interesting with an array of abandoned aircraft at the side of the
runway and an informal organisation.
Tripoli International Airport by Mark Bickerton
24 February 2008 Customer Rating :
Arriving at this airport is a little strange as it seems to be full of men wearing leather jackets.
However, departure is quite nice- its never very busy but everyone who works there is friendly and
the cafe does a good selection of food.
Tripoli International Airport by Paul Harvey
13 May 2007 Customer Rating : n/a
Not a shining example of modern airport technology but it works. Arrival
was quite easy since by the time our visas had been processed, the
queues had gone. Departure very easy with short queues. The only
downside would be the fact that smoking seems to be allowed everywhere
and ashtrays are not in use. Hence the cafe is rather uncomfortable.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Tripoli International Airport by Peter Bedson
10 June 2006 Customer Rating : n/a
Great little airport - somewhat bizzare security arrangements which seem
to depend on who you are or who you are with but really clean and with a
nice cafe and seating while you wait the far side of passport control.
Duty Free expensive and poor selection.
Tripoli International Airport by Jawad Hafid
22 December 2005
The airport is different from how I last saw it. It's been renovated and
finally reached an international standard. There's a lovely restaurant
on the 4th floor called "Oea". I had a wonderful meal there. There's
also a quaint but useful duty free section. A first class lounge can
also be found close to the Duty Free section. Air conditioning and
spacious areas throughout makes this airport impressive and comfortable.
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