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Airspace of Syria

Issued date

This CZIB is revised to extend the validity period and to amend reference publications.


Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1 issued 28 January 2021 (see Appendix 1).
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration SFAR 114 issued 27 November 2020, KICZ NOTAM A0053/20 issued 27 November 2020, KICZ NOTAM A0009/18 issued 14 April 2018 & & FAA Background Information issued 13 April 2018 (see Appendix 2).
  • AIC France Circular A 02/21 issued 11 February 2021 (see Appendix 3).
  • AIC Germany 18/20 issued 3 December 2020 (see Appendix 4).
  • AIC Canada 7/21 issued 25 February 2021 (see Appendix 5).
Affected Airspace

Syrian airspace, all altitudes.

Applies to operators
This CZIB is issued on the basis of information available to EU Member States and EU institutions.

Due to the remaining hazardous security situation, with the presence of terrorist organisations and ongoing military operations, there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft. The presence of a wide range of ground-to-ground and dedicated anti-aviation weaponry poses a HIGH risk to operations at all flight altitudes.

Operators should take this information and any other relevant information into account in their own risk assessments, alongside any available guidance or directions from their national authority as appropriate.

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Valid until

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1


Hazardous Situation in Syria

Potential risk to aviation overflying from dedicated anti-aircraft weaponry.

In accordance with direction under the Aviation Security Act 1982, UK registered operators so served shall not enter the territory and airspace (including Damascus FIR) of the Syrian Arab Republic.

UK operators not currently subject to direction under the Aviation Security Act should contact UK Department for Transport before operating in this area.

Hazardous Situation in the Vicinity of Damascus FIR

Potential risk to aviation operating up to 200 NM outside the Damascus FIR from anti-aircraft weaponry.

Operators are advised to exercise caution and conduct their own risk assessments.

Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 6322 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.


Appendix 2

Source: United States Federal Aviation Administration


Appendix 3

Source: AIC France Circular A 02/21

From 09/04/2020 and until further notice, pilots in command of aircraft performing air services mentioned in paragraph 1.1 are requested not to penetrate into the airspace of Syria (OSTT FIR (DAMASCUS)).

Appendix 4

Source: German AIC 18/20

Hazardous Situation in Syria

Civil German air operators are prohibited to plan and conduct flights within FIR DAMASCUS (OSTT). Potential risk to aviation from state of war.

Further information: Website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany (

Appendix 5

Source: AIC Canada 7/21

Syria – Level 2

As of February 9, 2020, and until further notice, Canadian Air Operators and owners of aircraft registered in Canada are advised not to enter the airspace of Syria (Damascus FIR (OSTT)), and to exercise caution when operating in the airspace within 200 NM of the Damascus FIR (OSTT), due to the potential risk from heightened military activity and dedicated anti-aviation weaponry in or around Syria.

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