Since the tragic event of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 there is a general consensus that States shall share their information about possible risks in conflict zones. Numerous initiatives have been taken to inform the airlines about the risks on their international flights.
At global level, ICAO has launched since April 2015 a central repository where each State can notify on a voluntary basis its information about a particular risk in a conflict zone.
In Europe, Member States are cooperating with the European Institutions, EASA and other aviation stakeholders to share and distribute intelligence information on risks arising from conflict zones.
A high level meeting was co-organised by EASA and CAA Romania on 29 September 2015, which triggered the setting up of a European High Level Task Force on conflict zones under the chairmanship of Raymond Benjamin.
The Task Force handed over its final report to Mrs Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport on 17 March 2016. It contains recommendations to be taken by various stakeholders and a proposal to set-up a Conflict Zone Alerting System at European Level, through cooperation between Member States, European institutions, EASA and other aviation stakeholders.
Conflict Zone Alerting System
The objective of the alerting system is to join up available intelligence sources and conflict zone risk assessment capabilities, in order to enable the publication in a timely manner of information and recommendations on conflict zone risks, for the benefit of all European Member States, operators and passengers. It complements existent national infrastructure mechanisms when they exist, by adding, when possible, a European level common risk picture and corresponding recommendations.
Two important enablers of this Alerting System are the “common risk assessment process” led by the European Commission with the support of Member States, and the role to be played by the “Conflict Zones Network of Focal Points” (RCZ Network).
Conflict Zones Network of Focal Points (RCZ Network)
A “RCZ Network” is now established and is composed of RCZ focal points from EASA, European Commission, European External Action Service (EEAS) and focal points designated by the EU Member States who are willing to contribute.
The Network serves as a platform for sharing information on conflict zones and for consultation on draft EASA conflict zones publications (CZIB).
Conflict Zone Information Bulletin
A Conflict Zone Information Bulletin (CZIB) is a bulletin which can convey information or recommendations regarding Risks to civil aviation arising from Conflict Zones (RCZ).
All CZIBs are published on the Safety Publications Tool. The list of CZIBs is further compiled in the below table
All published Safety Information Bulletins (SIB) informing about risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones remain valid, unless replaced by a CZIB affecting the same geographical area or Flight Information Region (FIR).
For regular updates on EASA Conflict Zone Information Bulletins (CZIB)
The following countries/regions are affected:
|Caspian Sea, Iran and Iraq Airspace – Launch of Missiles from Caspian Sea to Syria||SIB 2015-22 Withdrawn - Information no longer valid|
|Egypt Sinai Peninsula||SIB 2014-30R2|
|South Sudan||SIB 2014-35|
All information on the Conflict Zone Information Bulletin webpage is for general information purposes only, as similarly stated in the CZIB publications.
Information provided on the webpage should not be considered as the sole source of relevant information and should be used in conjunction with other relevant information, and in particular information issued by States.
Any inquiries regarding the Safety Information Bulletins/Conflict Zone Information Bulletins, please contact the EASA Safety Information Section at: ADs [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu.