Airspace of Iraq

CZIB-2017-04R5
Status: 
Active
Issued date: 
01/10/2019
Revision: 

This CZIB is revised to extend the validity period of CZIB-2017-04R4, and to amend reference publications.

 

Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom NOTAM AIP 1.4.5 issued 31 January 2019 & NOTAM V0004/20 issued 21 January 202  (see Appendix 1).
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration KICZ NOTAM A0023/18 issued 26 October 2017 & KICZ NOTAM A0001/20 issued 07 January & SFAR 77 issued 26 October 2018 (see Appendix 2).
  • AIC France Circular 03/19 issued 24 January 2019 & NOTAM F0100/20 issued 24 January 2020 (see Appendix 3).
  • Germany NOTAM B0007/20 issued 06 January 2020 (see Appendix 4).
  • South Africa NOTAM A2919/18 issued 29 July 2018 (see Appendix 5).
  • Ukraine NOTAM A0068/20 issued 14 January 2020 (see Appendix 6).
  • Canada NOTAM H0044/20 issued 14 January 202 (see Appendix 7).
  • Swedish Transport Agency AIC A2/2020 issued 30 January 2020 (see Appendix 8).
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 and UM860.

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: 
30/04/2020

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom Notam 1.4.5 

United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Service

Hazardous Situation in Iraq

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 4426 or +44

(0)207-944 5999 out of hours.

Source : United Kingdom NOTAM V0004/20

V0004/20 (Issued for EGTT EGPX EGGX)

AIRSPACE SECURITY WARNING ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT IN RESPONSE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION IN IRAQ. 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 AIRWAYS UL602 (TO ALPET), UM860 AND UM688 WHEN OPERATING ABOVE 25000FT AGL. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT UK DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT +44 (0)207 944 6322 OR +44 (0)207 944 5999 OUT OF HOURS. 2020-01-0122/AS5.

SFC - UNL, 17 JAN 21:51 2020 UNTIL 17 APR 17:00 2020 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 17 JAN 21:55 2020

 

Appendix 2

Source: United States Federal Aviation Administration KICZ NOTAM A0023/18  and KICZ NOTAM A0001/20

A0023/18 - SECURITY.. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB)

14 CFR 91.1605 SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) NO. 77— PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB) FIR WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 26 OCT 2018 AND WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/

SFC - FL259; 26 OCT 14:15 2018 UNTIL 26 OCT 23:59 2020.

KICZ A0001/20

SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB).

THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABLITY) BELOW ARE PROHIBITED FROM OPERATING IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB) DUE TO HEIGHTENED MILITARY ACTIVITIES AND INCREASED POLITICAL TENSIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH PRESENT AN INADVERTENT RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR MISCALCULATION OR MIS-IDENTIFICATION.

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 (APPLICABILITY) FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD FIR (ORBB) 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 TO CONDUCT 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.

THIS NOTAM IS AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A), 44701(A)(5), AND 46105(C).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/.

SFC – UNL, 07 JAN 23:45 2020 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 07 JAN 23:49 2020

 

SFAR77

This action reissues, with modifications to reflect changed conditions in Iraq, the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) that prohibits certain flights 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 where the operator of such aircraft is a foreign air carrier.

 

Appendix 3

Source: AIC France Circular 03/19

From 08/02/2018 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Iraq (ORBB FIR (BAGHDAD)), except for routes UM860, UM688 and UL602 (between TASMI and ALPET) on which French air carriers are requested to maintain at all times a flight level above or equal to FL320.

Source: France NOTAM F0100/20

0100/20 (Issued for LFBB LFEE LFFF LFMM LFRR)

FRENCH AIR CARRIERS AND AIRCRAFT OWNERS REGISTERED IN FRANCE ARE REQUESTED NOT TO AUTHORIZE THEIR AIRCRAFT TO PENETRATE INTO THE AIRSPACE OF IRAQ (FIR ORBB (BAGHDAD) ) AND IRAN (FIR OIIX (TEHERAN)).

SFC - UNL, 21 JAN 16:17 2020 UNTIL 12 FEB 23:59 2020. CREATED: 21 JAN 16:17 2020

Appendix 4

Source: Germany NOTAM B0007/20

(NOTAMR B0002/20) - SECURITY IRAQ POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB)

POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION WITHIN FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB) BELOW FL260 IN

THE FOLLOWING AREA:

AIRWAY UM860 BETWEEN NAMDI AND NINVA,

AIRWAY UM688 BETWEEN RATVO AND SOBIL,

AIRWAY L718 BETWEEN TAGRU AND KABAN,

AIRWAY L417 BETWEEN MUTAG AND VUSEB,

AIRWAY M434 BETWEEN UMESA AND BOXIX,

AIRWAY R652 BETWEEN MUTAG AND DAVAS

AND BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORBI)

DUE TO ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS. CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS.

EMERGENCY SITUATION: 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.

06 JAN 17:08 2020 UNTIL 05 APR 23:59 2020.

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: Ukraine NOTAM A0068/20

A0068/20

(Issued for UKBV UKDV UKFV UKLV UKOV)

ACCORDING TO THE SAFETY DIRECTIVE OF THE STATE AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OF UKRAINE NUMBER 2020-01 DATED 08.01.2020 UKRAINIAN AIR OPERATORS ARE PROHIBITED TO PERFORM FLIGHTS WITHIN AIRSPACE OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN AND REPUBLIC OF IRAQ.

14 JAN 09:00 2020 UNTIL 09 APR 23:59 2020 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 14 JAN 09:03 2020

Appendix 7

Source: Canada NOTAM H0044/20

CZQX/GANDER H0044/20 10JAN 1748Z

- AIRSPACE SECURITY WARNING ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

IN RESPONSE TO THE VOLATILE SECURITY SITUATION IN IRAQ. POTENTIAL

RISK FROM HEIGHTENED MILITARY ACTIVITY AND DEDICATED

ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY IN IRAQ. AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED NOT TO

ENTER THE AIRSPACE OF IRAQ, INCLUDING THE BAGHDAD FIR (ORBB. 10 JAN 17:48 2020

UNTIL PERM.

Appendix 8

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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