20-Sep-2010 2:10 PM

Libyan African Aviation Holding Company seeks to merge Afriqiyah and Libyan Airlines

Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC) Chairman, Sabri Shadi, stated Libya's two state-owned carriers, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, are hoping to gain government approval in Oct-2010 to merge, stating: "The decision will be announced by around mid-October ... Afriqiyah and Libyan Airlines will be one company" (Reuters, 19-Sep-2010). The two carriers have been in negotiations regarding a merger for several years but the plan has been repeatedly delayed.