Airspace of Libya

CZIB-2017-02R5
Status: 
Active
Issued date: 
01/10/2019
Revision: 

This CZIB is revised to extend the validity period of CZIB-2017-02R4, and to amend reference publications.

 

Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1 issued 31 January 2019 (see Appendix 1).
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration NOTAM KICZ A0026/19 issued 23 October 2019 & KICZ A0007/19 issued March 19t 2019 & US FAA Background Notice  (see Appendix 2).
  • AIC France Circular 03/19 issued 24 January 2019 (see Appendix 3).
  • Germany NOTAM B0872/19 issued 27 September 2019 (see Appendix 4).
  • Malta NOTAM A0884/19 issued 18 July 2019 (see Appendix 5).
Affected Airspace: 

Libyan 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 high intensity military operations, there is a HIGH risk of both intentional and unintentional attacks to civil aviation at all altitudes. Air navigation services in the country could be degraded or unavailable.
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: 
30/03/2020

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1
United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Service

Potential risk to aviation overflying from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. In accordance with Direction under the Aviation Security Act 1982, UK registered operators so served shall not enter the territory and airspace (including Tripoli FIR) of the State of Libya.

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

Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 4426 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.

Appendix 2

Source: United States Federal Aviation Administration NOTAM KICZ A0026/19 and US FAA Background Notice

KICZ A0026/19 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF LIBYA

ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF LIBYA BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW ARE PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER ADVISED DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE EXPANDING CONFLICT IN LIBYA.

A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO: ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS; ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA, EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER; AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER.

B. PERMITTED OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT PROHIBIT PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF LIBYA WHEN SUCH OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED EITHER BY ANOTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE FAA OR BY A DEVIATION, EXEMPTION, OR OTHER AUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE FAA ADMINISTRATOR. OPERATORS MUST CALL THE FAA WASHINGTON OPERATIONS CENTER AT 202-267-3333 TO INITIATE COORDINATION FOR FAA AUTHORIZATION OF OPERATIONS.

C. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND OF AN AIRCRAFT MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.

D. THIS NOTAM IS AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A) AND 46105(C). THIS FLIGHT PROHIBITION IS IN ADDITION TO SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) NO. 112- PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE TRIPOLI FIR (HLLL), WHICH REMAINS IN EFFECT. THIS NOTAM WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTION 91.1603, SFAR NO. 112, IS UPDATED, UNLESS SOONER SUPERSEDED OR RESCINDED.

            SFC-UNL; 23 OCT 22:45 2019 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 23 OCT 22:38 2019

KICZ A0007/19 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE TRIPOLI FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (HLLL) 14 CFR 91.1603 SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) NO. 112—PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE TRIPOLI FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (HLLL) WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 19 MAR 19 AND WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ SFC - FL299, 19 MAR 16:40 2019 UNTIL 20 MAR 23:59 2021. CREATED: 19 MAR 17:17 2019

 

FAA Background Information Regarding U.S. Civil Aviation – Libya 

 

Due to the geographic expansion of the ongoing conflict between the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA) for control over Libya’s government, territory and resources, the FAA assesses there is an unacceptable inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations at all altitudes in the territory and airspace of Libya. As a result, on 23 October 2019, the FAA published Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) KICZ A0026/19, prohibiting U.S. civil flight operations at all altitudes in the territory and airspace of Libya.

This all-altitude flight prohibition is in addition to Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 112—Prohibition Against Certain Flights in the Tripoli Flight Information Region (FIR) (HLLL), which prohibits all flights by U.S. civil operators and airmen at altitudes below Flight level (FL) 300 in the entire Tripoli FIR (HLLL), which includes the international airspace over the southern Mediterranean Sea that is managed by Libya. Cumulatively, the result is that U.S. civil operators and airmen may only operate in the Tripoli FIR (HLLL) if they remain outside the territory and airspace of Libya and at altitudes at or above FL300, unless they have received an exemption or approval from the FAA.

The FAA is concerned about the risks to U.S. civil aviation from the expanding conflict, which includes international involvement. Foreign state actors continue to provide material and technical assistance to rival factions, including surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and jamming equipment. Since mid-2019, each side has conducted air strikes, utilizing both tactical combat aircraft and long-range UAS. These attacks have targeted military air fields co-located with international civil airports. As a result, each side has employed anti-aircraft weapons to defend against these air strikes, as displayed in September, when the LNA reportedly shot down a foreign-operated UAS during an attempted attack on the airbase at Jufra.

Both sides in the Libyan conflict have increasingly employed UAS to conduct air strikes. Foreign-operated armed UAS have conducted multiple strikes on competing airports/airbases, resulting in the destruction of multiple parked aircraft, including civil transport aircraft. These strikes could lead to an increased air defense posture, including advanced SAM capabilities, to protect airport/airbase operations and/or fielded forces. Also, both GNA and LNA forces have access to advanced man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), anti-aircraft artillery, and possible training, technical, and material support from international partners.

Both sides possess anti-aircraft artillery and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), some of which have a maximum altitude of 25,000 ft. However, more advanced, higher-altitude air defense systems are reportedly in Libya. As of mid-June, a Pantsir S-1 (SA-22) surface-to-air-missile (SAM) system was reportedly deployed to defend Jufra. The SA-22 has an effective range of 20 km (10.8 nm) and a maximum altitude of 15,000 m (49,000 ft). The SA-22 may be relocated in response to the dynamic threat environment, and may be repositioned to defend the base at Al Khadim with little or no warning.

During 2019, increased air strikes prompted GNA- and LNA-aligned forces to increase force protection measures, such as jamming, air strikes, and use of SAM systems capable of reaching as high as 49,000 ft. In addition, air strikes have also prompted LNA-aligned forces to redeploy long-range UAS and SAMs to locations outside the area of northwestern Libya where they had

previously been located. The re-location of these SAMs presents an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation at altitudes above FL300. In addition, GNA- and LNA-aligned forces may expand their use of UAS air strikes to attack opposition aircraft at airbases that are usually co-located with international civil airports, presenting a risk to civil aircraft operating at or near such airports. While the anti-aircraft capabilities and jamming are likely intended to defend against military aircraft, an inadvertent risk remains for U.S. civil aviation operations at all altitudes in the territory and airspace of Libya due to potential miscalculation or misidentification and the mobility of some of the advanced weapons systems involved. Increased foreign involvement has resulted in increased inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to command and control and airspace deconfliction challenges, increased lethality of UAS operations, and the introduction of more advanced, higher-altitude anti-aircraft systems.

The FAA will continue to monitor risks to U.S. civil aviation operating the territory and airspace of Libya and the Tripoli FIR (HLLL) and make adjustments to its prohibition on U.S. civil aviation operations as necessary.

Posted: 23 OCT 2019

 

Appendix 3

Source: AIC France Circular 03/19

From 31/07/2014 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Libya (HLLL FIR (TRIPOLI)).

Appendix 4

Source: Germany NOTAM B0872/19

 

B0872/19 (Issued for EDWW EDGG EDMM)
SECURITY LIBYA POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR TRIPOLI HLLL.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY PROHIBITS CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS WITHIN FIR TRIPOLI (HLLL) BETWEEN LATITUDES N26 DEG AND N34 DEG AND WEST OF LONGITUDE E18 DEG TILL FIR BOUNDARY TRIPOLI (HLLL). FOR THE REMAINING PART OF FIR TRIPOLI (HLLL) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL260 INCLUDING LANDING, TAXIING, PARKING AND TAKE OFF AT ALL AIRPORTS DUE TO POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY AND MILITARY OPERATIONS AND ARMED CONFLICTS.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.

FURTHER INFORMATION: WEBSITE OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF GERMANY (https://www.bmvi.de/DE/Themen/Mobilitaet/Luft/Krisenmanagement/krisenman...).

27 SEP 00:00 2019 UNTIL 24 DEC 23:59 2019. CREATED: 23 SEP 14:00 2019

Appendix 5

Source: Malta NOTAM A0884/19

A0884/19

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE RECENT ESCALATION OF THE CRISIS IN LIBYA, ITS CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION AND THE POTENTIAL RISK TO CIVIL AVIATION, ALL FLIGHTS CONDUCTED BY AIRCRAFT ON THE MALTESE REGISTER AND, ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATED BY ORGANISATIONS CERTIFIED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTORATE, ARE PROHIBITED FROM OPERATING WITHIN TRIPOLI FIR (HLLL) BETWEEN LATITUDES N30DEG AND N34DEG, AND LONGITUDE E11DEG AND E16DEG. THIS INCLUDES FLIGHTS INTO (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) HLLT, HLZW, HLMS, HLLM, HLGD AND HLLS AERODROMES.

ANY AIRCRAFT DEPARTING FROM HLLT, HLZW, HLMS, HLLM, HLGD AND HLLS WILL BE DENIED LANDING IN MALTESE TERRITORY.

EXEMPTIONS: FLIGHTS OPERATING STRICTLY FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS RESTRICTION. SUCH FLIGHTS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERMISSION FROM THE CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTORATE. OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR AND PROVIDE A SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENT ON EMAIL: DUTYOFFICER.CAD(AT)TRANSPORT.GOV.MT

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHICH REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.

18 JUL 09:25 2019 UNTIL 18 OCT 23:59 2019. CREATED: 18 JUL 09:28 2019

 

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