18 Ene Update #2 – EASA recommendation reference latest events in the Middle East.
The following updated information has been provided by EASA for situational awareness:
In the wake of recent events in the Middle East, an extraordinary meeting of the Integrated EU Aviation security Risk Assessment Group held on Friday January 10th, 2020 concerning the use of the airspace of Iran FIR Tehran (OIIX) as well as Iraq FIR Baghdad (ORBB), evaluated the impact on the security and safety of all types of commercial flight operations in the region .
Available information from various sources has been reviewed as well as intelligence assessments from Member States and information from airlines and other relevant parties, so as to perform the most accurate assessment possible of the potential impact on civil traffic in the airspace of Iraq and Iran.
On the basis of existing information on these events, including the crash of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft near Tehran on January 8th, the Integrated EU Aviation security Risk Assessment Group assessed that the risk of operations over Iraq is HIGH at all altitudes, and HIGH over Iran all altitudes.
On that basis it is recommended as a precautionary measure that the overflight of Iraqi airspace should be avoided, as well as for the Iran airspace, until further notice.
The Group came also to the conclusion that the situation in the region remains unstable and agreed to continue to monitor the situation to assess whether there is an increase or decrease of the risk for EU aircraft operators as a result of the evolution of the threat.
Please take this information and any other relevant guidance into account in your own risk assessments.