Syphax Airlines

Syphax Airlines was a scheduled airline with its head office and main base at Sfax–Thyna International Airport in Sfax, Tunisia.[2] It served destinations in the Mediterranean.

Syphax Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2015[1]
HubsSfax–Thyna International Airport
Secondary hubsTunis–Carthage International Airport
Fleet size2
HeadquartersSfax, Tunisia
Key peopleMohamed Frikha


The airline was incorporated as a limited company in 2011 by businessman Mohamed Frikha, Founder and CEO of Telnet, with a capital of 10 million dinars ($6.3m). Originally the airline planned to operate services only from Sfax, but the Tunisian aviation authorities gave them permission to fly from all airports in Tunisia. The first scheduled services were launched on 29 April 2012 using two Airbus A319 aircraft. Despite growth in services and passenger numbers the airline had after-tax losses of 14.53m dinars ($9.2m) in the first year of operation.[3]

In December 2012 an Airbus A330-200 lease contract was announced and the aircraft delivered in June 2013, eventually operating services to Montreal.[3] These widebody operations came to an end in 2015 with the return of the aircraft to its lessor.[4] On 15 January 2013 the airline ordered 3 Airbus A320neo and 3 A320ceo narrowbody aircraft, at a list price of some $600m and with delivery starting in 2015.[3][5] These orders were cancelled in June and August 2015 respectively due to the airline's deteriorating financial situation.[6]

In July 2015, Syphax Airlines suspended all operations stating financial difficulties.[7] However, the airline announced a resumption of services by September 2015 after sourcing new funding.[8]

In September 2018, it was announced the airline would restart operations in Spring 2019. Initially, the carrier would offer its two ex-Air Nostrum CRJ900ERs for wet-lease services during the Winter 2018/19 season, ahead of the launch of its own routes in March or April 2019. The carrier intends to connect Tunis, Djerba, and Sfax to destinations in North Africa and Europe, with Paris and Toulouse Blagnac floated as the first routes. The airline also intends to add narrowbody aircraft to further boost its network in the region and offer sixth-freedom services between Africa and Europe via Tunisia.[9]

In January 2019, the airline was granted a new Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the Tunisian Ministry of Transport. The certificate was issued on 3 January 2019 and is signed by Habib Mekki, the director general of civil aviation at the ministry. Syphax's founder, Mohamed Frikha, previously stated the company planned to soft-launch as a wet-lease operator once it received its AOC. The initial phase would see the airline's two Bombardier CRJ900s flown on behalf of an external partner in Africa. The wet-lease contract will bring in revenue while the airline finalises its own traffic rights – a process that is expected to take about five months. Scheduled flights will then begin under the Syphax brand, with services planned from Tunis, Sfax and Djerba to Algeria, France, Italy and Spain.[10]



Syphax Airlines Airbus A319-100

As of September 2018, the Syphax Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[9]

Syphax Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Bombardier CRJ-900ER 2 90 90
Total 2


  2. "Contact Us." Syphax Airlines. Retrieved on 1 January 2013. "Headquarters Address: Sfax Thyna International Airport – 3018 Sfax – Tunisia" in French Archived 2013-01-20 at the Wayback Machine: "Siège Social Adresse: Aéroport International Sfax Thyna – 3018 Sfax – Tunisie"
  3. "Syphax Airlines. Tunisian Regional Start-up". Airliner World: 60–63. June 2014.
  4. "Syphax Airlines". Airliner World: 13. March 2015.
  5. "Tunisia's Syphax Airlines orders the A320neo and the A320ceo". Airbus. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. "Airbus announces August order book changes". Retrieved 2015-09-12.
  7. - Financially ailing Syphax Airlines suspends operations 31 July 2015
  8. - Tunisia's Syphax Airlines to resume operations this month 8 September 2015
  9. "Tunisia's Syphax Airlines eyes narrowbodies for ops in 2019". Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  10. "Tunisia's Syphax Airlines Gets Green Light To Resume Flights". 4 January 2019.

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