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Airspace of Iraq

CSV
Status
Active
Issued date
29/04/2022
Revision
  • 25/11/2021 - French DGAC issued AIC France A 18/21 canceling and superseding A 14/21
  • 04/11/2021 - Transport Canada issued AIC 33/21 canceling and superseding AIC 26/21
  • 18/11/2021 - Transport Canada issued NOTAM G2087/21 superseding restrictions concerning Iraq in AIC 33/21
  • 30/12/2021 - Transport Canada issued AIC 37/21 canceling and superseding AIC 33/21, as well as NOTAM G2087/21
  • 21/04/2022 - Germany (LBA) issued AIC 08/22 canceling and superseding AIC 05/22
  • 29/04/2022 - The CZIB was revised and the validity period was extended

Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1 issued 15 July 2021 (see Appendix 1)
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration SFAR 77 issued 16 October 2020 (see Appendix 2)
  • AIC France Circular A 18/21 issued 25 November 2021 (see Appendix 3)
  • German AIC 08/22 issued 21 April 2022 (see Appendix 4)
  • South Africa NOTAM A2919/18 issued 29 July 2018 (see Appendix 5)
  • AIC Transport Canada AIC 37/21 issued 30 December 2021 (see Appendix 6)
  • Swedish Transport Agency AIC A2/2020 issued 30 January 2020 (see Appendix 7)
Affected Airspace

Iraq airspace, all altitudes.

Applicability
Applies to operators
Description

This CZIB is issued on the basis of information available to EU Member States and EU institutions. Due to the 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. Due to the presence of various weaponry including MANPADS (man-portable air-defence systems), it is advised to be cautious with the risk associated to civil aviation. The risk to operations at all altitudes is assessed to be HIGH, except for airways UM688, UM860 and UL602 (from TASMI to ALPET) above Flight Level 260. Additionally, the Agency draws the attention of the aviation community to the above referenced information, copies of which are attached to this CZIB.

Recommendation(s)

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. Latest operational information on ‘Closures and warnings’ issued by means of ICAO State Letters, NOTAMs, AICs/AIPs, EASA CZIB may be found in the Network Manager NOP Portal (password protected version). 

Valid until
31/10/2022

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1

United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Service

Potential risk from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry in Iraq.

Operators are advised not to enter the territory and airspace of Iraq (including the Baghdad FIR) with the exception of routing on Airways UL602 to ALPET, UM860 and UM688 when operating above 25,000 FT above ground level (AGL).

Operators are advised to take this information into account in their own risk assessments and routing decisions.

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 SFAR 77 issued 16 October 2020

SFAR 77 prohibits US civil aviation operators in FIR Baghdad at altitudes below FL 320.

 

Summary: This action amends and extends, with modifications to reflect conditions in Iraq and the risks to U.S. civil aviation, the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) prohibiting certain flight operations in the Baghdad Flight Information Region (FIR) (ORBB) by all: U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; persons exercising the privileges of an airman certificate issued by the FAA, except when such persons are operating U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except when the operator of such aircraft is a foreign air carrier. The FAA finds this action necessary to address the risks to the safety of persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations. Specifically, this action amends the SFAR to prohibit U.S. civil aviation operations in the Baghdad FIR (ORBB) at altitudes below Flight Level (FL) 320. This rule amends the SFAR prohibition from altitudes below FL260 to altitudes below FL320, based on an assessment of the current aviation safety risks. This action also extends the expiration date of the SFAR from October 26, 2020, to October 26, 2022. Additionally, the FAA republishes the approval process and exemption information for this SFAR, consistent with other recently published flight prohibition SFARs, and makes minor administrative revisions.


Appendix 3

Source: AIC France Circular A 18/21

From 20/05/2021 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 Iraq (ORBB FIR (BAGDAD)), except for routes UM860, UM688 and UL602 (between TASMI and ALPET) on which a flight level above or equal to FL320 is requested to be maintained at all times. 

After obtaining the agreement of the organizations providing air traffic control services, it is authorized, while always maintaining a flight level above or equal to FL320, to fly direct: 

  • northbound between points TASMI and SEPTU and between points SEPTU and ROXOP (trajectory TASMI DCT SEPTU DCT ROXOP UM860 NINVA),
  • southbound between points RATVO and SISIN (trajectory RATVO DCT SISIN UM688 SIDAD).

Appendix 4

Source: German AIC 08/22 issued on 21 April 2022

Hazardous situation in Iraq

Civil German air operators are advised not to plan and conduct flights within FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB) below FL260 including landing, taxiing, parking and take off. Potential risk to aviation from military
operations, anti-aviation weaponry and possible terrorist attacks.

Exception from this advice is the province as-Sulaimaniyya east of airway UM688 including Sulaimaniyah International Airport (ICAO: ORSU). Civil German air operators are advised to take potential risk into account in their risk assessment and routing decisions within the province as-Sulaimaniyya below FL260 including landing, taxiing, parking and take-off. Potential risk to aviation from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry and possible terrorist attacks.

 


Appendix 5

Source: South Africa NOTAM  A2919/18

A2919/18 (Issued for FAJA FAJO FACA)

FLT TO AND FM IRAQ POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - IRAQ AIRSPACE.

DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ARMED CONFLICT IN IRAQ. ALL FLT OPS IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF IRAQ AT OR BLW FL300 BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A, ARE STRONGLY ADZ UFN.

(1) OVERFLIGHTS OF IRAQ ABOVE FL200 BUT AT OR BLW FL300

(2) OPS AT OR BLW FL300 BY FLT DEP FM THE COUNTRIES ADJ TO IRAQ WHOSE CLIMB PER WILL NOT PERMIT OPS ABV FL300 PRIOR TO ENTERING IRAQI AIRSPACE

(3) FLT ORIGINATING FM OR DESTINED TO AREAS OUTSIDE OF IRAQ TO OR FM ERBIL INTL AP (ORER) OR SULAYMANIYAH INT AP (ORSU) WI THE TERRITORY OF IRAQ NORTH OF 34DEG 30MIN NORTH LAT.

APPLICABILITY: THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO ALL SOUTH AFRICAN AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPR, ALL OPR/PERSONS EXER THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AOC ISSUED BY THE SACAA (SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY), EXC SUCH OPR/PERSONS OPR SOUTH AFRICAN REGISTERED ACFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. THIS ADVISORY ON OPS IN THE AIRSPACE SPECIFIED IN THIS NOTAM AND THE ASSOCIATED JUSTIFICATION WILL BE RE-EVALUATED AS THE SITUATION REQUIRES.

29 JUL 06:12 2018 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 29 JUL 06:12 2018


 

Appendix 6

Source: Transport Canada AIC 37/21

Iraq – Level 2

As of November 18, 2021, and until further notice, Canadian Air Operators and owners of aircraft registered in Canada are advised to maintain a flight level equal to or above flight level FL320 in the airspace of Iraq (Baghdad FIR (ORBB)), due to the potential risk from military activity and anti-aviation weaponry in Iraq.


Appendix 7

Source: Swedish Transport Agency AIC A2/2020

The Swedish Transport Agency revised recommendation regarding flying in the Airpace of Iran and Iraq as following:

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a security information regarding the situation in Iran and Iraq after the accident 8 January 2020, with an aircraft, Boeing B737 owned by Ukraine International Airlines, after departure from Tehran International airport. With reference to a new recommendation by EASA regarding the use of the airspace of Iran, the Swedish Transport Agency has decided to base its revised recommendation on the CZIB-2020-01R0 for Iran and the CZIB-2017-04R5 for Iraq, both issued by EASA, and recommends all Swedish air operators regarding the use of airspace of Iran and Iraq as below:

- do not enter the airspace of Iran (including Tehran OIIX FIR) below FL 250

- do not enter the airspace of Iraq (including Baghdad ORBB FIR) at all flight levels with the exception of airways UL602 (to ALPET), UM860 and UM688 when operating above FL 250.

Effective as from 30 January 2020 (replaces AIC A 1/2020) 

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