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Pop Quiz: Which 14 Countries Don’t Have Their Own Airline?

Pop Quiz: Which 14 Countries Don’t Have Their Own Airline?
Taylor Rains

OK housebound aviation enthusiasts, it’s time for a little trivia. Can you name the fourteen countries without their own airline? We’ve got them listed below, but before you read the list, quiz yourself. Then, read through the list and let us know how you did in the comments section.

Ready? OK, here we go: the following independent nations have no air carrier based within their borders.

Author’s Note: .To clarify, this list consists of countries that do not have an airline based in them (regardless if they’re the flag carrier or not), so Wizz would count since it is based in Hungary, Proflight Zambia is in Zambia, Int’Air Iles is in Comoros, and so on. Sorry for the confusion! If I missed any please add it in the comments!

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Andorra

Andorra is a tiny principality situated between France and Spain. The country does not have an airport of its own, so it does not have its own airline. The only way to access the nation is via automobile, and the closest airports are in Barcelona, Spain, or Toulouse, France – both of which are about 200 km away.

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Caribbean Countries

Of the 13 independent Caribbean countries, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia do not have an airline. Barbados and the Dominican Republic have both had airlines in the past – Carib Express, REDjet, and Trans Island Air in Barbados and PAWA Dominicana in the D.R., but all have ceased operations. Jamaica has also had its fair share of failed airlines, including Air Jamaica and Fly Jamaica Airways. However, it might be getting a new airline in the near future – Fly Oriole.

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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is a West African country with a single airport that connects it to the world. However, the country has not had an airline since 1998 when its flag carrier, Air Bissau, ceased operations.

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Liberia

Like Guinea-Bissau, Liberia also has a single commercial airport, but no national carrier. Air Liberia was headquartered within the nation’s borders until 1990 when it went under.

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Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a small principality located between Austria and Switzerland. Like Andorra, it does not have an airport, so it does not have an airline. The closest airports to the country are in Friedrichshafen, Germany 92 km away, and Zurich, Switzerland 115 km away.

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Micronesia

Continental Micronesia (formerly known as Air Micronesia) used to exist in Micronesia as a subsidiary of Continental Airlines but eventually combined its operating certificate with Continental Airlines when Continental and United merged.

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San Marino

San Marino is a micronation landlocked in North-Central Italy. Like Andorra and Liechtenstein, the country does not have an airport, and therefore no airline. The closest airport is 16 km away in Rimini, Italy.

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Tuvalu

Tuvalu is a South Pacific island nation located in the British Commonwealth. It has never had its own airline but does have a single airport served by Fiji Airways.

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Vatican City

Vatican City is a city-state located in Rome, Italy. It is only 109 acres, so it lacks both an airport and an airline, but can be accessed via Rome Ciampino Airport.

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23 Comments

  1. dogcanyon

    April 3, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Ever heard of Monaco?

  2. jbfield

    April 3, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Which 9 countries???
    Do you realise how insulting it is to treat all Carribbean states as 1 country?

    Even the text later contradicts the headline with “13 independent Caribbean countries”? So you recognise they are each countries but you still count them as a only one!?

  3. 1kBill

    April 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Monaco?

  4. flyupfront

    April 4, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Monaco?

  5. LukeO9

    April 4, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Hungary

  6. FlyingScientist

    April 4, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    “it does not have an airport and therefore no airline” is not a correct conclusion. There is at least one country without airport that has airlines.

  7. guwinster

    April 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    By my count you listed 14 countries without an airline.

  8. straighten_up

    April 5, 2020 at 3:32 am

    The closest airport to Andorra is Andorra La-Seu D’Urgell Airport in Northern Spain – it’s approximately 30km as the crow (plane?) flies. I’ve landed there on a private flight, but they used to have commercial ops too with Swiftair.

  9. rally66

    April 5, 2020 at 9:55 am

    The CAR has no carriers based there after the demise of Karinou.

  10. mvoight

    April 6, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Heli Air Monaco is the flag carrier of Monaco.

  11. glewin

    April 6, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Ever heard of Nicaragua?

  12. guwinster

    April 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Nicaragua has La Costeña which is registered in Managua as an independent airline even though it is owned by Avianca.
    Monaco has a helicopter line which I guess technically counts as an airline.

  13. kkua

    April 7, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Um…. whaddabout Haiti,

  14. Wickersley

    April 8, 2020 at 3:33 am

    So the “headline” is changed to 14, but no effort is made to change the text?

  15. DeltaFlyer123

    April 8, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Silly article, but an enjoyable read. Since you’re playing fast and loose considering which is a country and which is not, I’d like to mention Caribair, which was based in the Caribbean, in Puerto Rico. I know, that’s not a sovereign nation, but Caribair has an interesting history.
    I first heard of Caribair in the 1960’s when I bought a ticket from Montreal to Newark on Eastern Airlines, and the ticket jacket (some of you won’t know what that is, google it!) had “Eastern-Caribair Interchange” printed on it.
    Caribair was established in 1939, and was acquired by Eastern in the 1970’s after a period of cooperation. Once it was completely absorbed by Eastern, another Caribair sprung up in the Dominican Republic in 1983 that served the region until it ceased operation in 2009.

  16. msjeenj

    April 8, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Hungary’s flag carrier Malev closed up shop in 2012. Currently, Wizz Air, which operates many low cost flights in/out of Hungary, is not a Hungarian airlines. So, add Hungary to your list.

  17. passioninlife77

    April 8, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Burundi (national carrier stopped in 2009)
    Central African Republic (CAR)
    Comoros
    Guinea.
    Lesotho
    Sierra Leone (the national airlines stopped in 2006)
    South Sudan.
    Zambia.

  18. SNA1K

    April 8, 2020 at 6:23 am

    You can now add Slovenia to the list as well.

  19. CaptainMiles

    April 8, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Timor-Leste. There is Air Timor, but they don’t operate any aircraft

    Isle of Man. No airline since the demise of Manx Airlines.

  20. dreadnesta

    April 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Ghana – both Ghana Airways and it’s quasi-successor Ghana International Airways have ceased operations. As long as we know this is not a comprehensive list then al good!

  21. Taylor Rains

    April 8, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Hi everyone. To clarify, this list consists of countries that do not have an airline based in them (regardless if they’re the flag carrier or not), so Wizz would count since it is based in Hungary, Proflight Zambia is in Zambia, Int’Air Iles is in Comoros, and so on. Sorry for the confusion! If I missed any please add it in the comments!

  22. SJOGuy

    April 13, 2020 at 7:53 am

    I was all set to jump in with LIAT, which is jointly owned by several East Caribbean island nations, but It’s based in Antigua & Barbuda, so only that nation gets to claim it under the “based within its borders” rules of the game. You’re right.

    LIAT = Leave Island Any Time … Luggage In Another Terminal … Let’s Investigate Alternative Transportation …

  23. 2P or not 2P

    April 13, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Dominican Republic: Air Century have a reasonable network around the Caribbean flying Saab 340 and CRJs.

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