Saudia Arabia Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed risk
Increased missile activity in the southwest of Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities say that most missiles fired from Yemen are now being shot down by Saudi missiles; only 3 are known to have struck Saudi soil this year. Main targets are major cities and airports, including OERK/Riyadh and OEJN/Jeddah airports. As regards the attacks themselves, much of the information comes from state media and cannot always be independently verified. In one attack targeting OERK/Riyadh Airport, the Saudi government claimed that all seven missiles were intercepted and destroyed, although there were reports on social media of explosions at the airport, and one person died by falling missile fragments over a nearby residential neighbourhood. With the overall increase in missile activity in the southwest of the country, there is now a clear risk to operations in Saudi airspace. Saudi authorities can activate SCATANA rules for southern part of Saudi Arabia at any time.
Reference: France AIC 15/18
Issued: May 10, 2018, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Exercise caution in the OEJD/Jeddah FIR, and do not operate to OEAB/Abha, OEGN/Jazan, OENG/Nejran, OESH/Sharurah, OEWD/Wadi Al Dawasir and OEBH/Bisha airports located in the southwest of the FIR.
From 10/05/2018 and until further notice, French air carriers are requested : - To exercise caution during flight operations in the airspace of Saudi Arabia (FIR JEDDAH (OEJD)) and follow instructions given by the Saudi authorities providing air traffic services, particularly in the southwest of JEDDAH FIR (OEJD) in which SCATANA (Security Control of Air Traffic and Air Navigation Aids rules) may be activated by NOTAM from the Saudi authorities; - Not to operate any flights to Abha (OEAB), Jazan (OEGN), Nejran (OENG), Sharurah (OESH), Wadi Al Dawasir (OEWD) and Bisha (OEBH) airports located in the southwest of JEDDAH FIR (OEJD) in which SCATANA (Security Control of Air Traffic and Air Navigation Aids rules) may be activated by NOTAM from the Saudi authorities. Such airports shall not be identified as alternate airports when planning flight operations.
Source: Saudi Arabia
Reference: Notam W0057/18
Issued: Feb 04, 2018 ,Valid until: Apr 26, 2018 (this Notam has since expired, but we would expect something similar to get re-issued at any time SCATANA rules are activated again).
Plain English: When a Notam like this is published, SCATANA rules become active in the southern part of Saudi Arabia.
W0057/18 NOTAMR W00027/18 Q) OEJD/QRTCA/IV/BO /W /000/999/ A) OEJD B) 1802040747 C) 1804262359 D) H24 E) SCATANA ACT IN THE SOUTH JEDDAH FIR IN AN AREA BOUNDED BY THE FLW COORD: 191821N0385644E 232402N0500019E 190000N0520000E 184720N0504700E 183700N0490700E 181000N0481100E 172700N0473600E 170700N0472800E 165700N0471100E 165700N0470000E 171700N0464500E 171400N0462200E 171500N0460600E 172000N0452400E 172600N0451300E 172600N0443900E 172420N0443400E 172600N0442800E 172600N0442158E THEN FLW THE SAUDI ARABIA AND REPUBLIC OF YEMEN INTL BDRY IN ACCORDANCE WITH JEDDAH TREATY TO THE COAST LINE BDRY TO 162414N0424619E 162414N0420900E 161724N0414700E 160000N0420000E 154700N0415230E 153955N0413947E 160000N0410000E PILOTS SHALL STRICTIY KEEP LISTENING WATCH TO THE APPROPRIATE ATC FREQUENCIES AND SHALL ADHERE STRICTLY TO ATC INSTRUCTIONS. F) SFC G) UNL
Reference: Notam B0699/18
Issued: Mar 23,2018, Valid until: Jun 22, 2018
Plain English: Avoid the southwest part of the OEJD/Jeddah FIR, and OEAB/Abha airport. Risk of missile attacks at OEJN/Jeddah and OERK/Riyadh airports.
B0699/18 (issued by EDGG EDWW EDMM) SECURITY - SAUDI ARABIA ... POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR JEDDAH (OEJD) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES CIVIL GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS WITHIN SOUTH WEST SECTOR OF FIR JEDDAH (OEJD) INCLUDING TAKE OFF AND LANDINGS AT OEAB DUE TO POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION FROM DEDICATED GROUND TO GROUND BALLISTIC WEAPONRY AND ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS. AFFECTED AREA: ALONG FIR SANAA AND FIR JEDDAH BORDER WAYPOINTS NISMI-NABAN-NOBSU-NETAS-DCT NEJRAN-DCT TASMU-DCT ELIVI-DCT IRBAB-DCT EMEKO-DCT 1912.0N 04110.8E DCT SOLUT-DCT IMRAM-DCT BOXIL-DCT NISMI. FURTHER RISK TO AVIATION IN THE TERMINAL AREAS OF OEJN AND OERK DUE TO POTENTIAL BALLISTIC MISSILE ASSAULTS AS OCCURRED END OF 2017. GERMAN CIVIL AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THIS POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS. 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.