Armenia

Risk Level: Two - Danger exists

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The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia continues to escalate. The situation is volatile with both countries indicating they are close to declaring outright war. The flare-up in hostilities has centred around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region to the south, as well as the Tavush region along the northern border. Both countries have exchanged artillery fire and drone attacks.

In July 2020, both France and Germany issued airspace warnings for this border region. The French warning is still in effect as of Sept 2020, saying that overflights should be at FL340 or above.

The most recent fighting is the heaviest seen in the long-running conflict since 2016. With no immediate cessation of the conflict in sight, we recommend operators avoid the border region between Azerbaijan and Armenia until the airspace safety picture improves.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
Armenia Notam UDDD A0115/20 04 Oct 2020 Ongoing
France AIC 16/20 23 Jul 2020 Ongoing
Germany Notam B1281/20 17 Jul 2020 17 Aug 2020
Source: Armenia
Issued: 04-Oct-20, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Caution advised in the border region between Azerbaijan and Armenia due to ongoing conflict.
WARNING. AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR THE SITUATION CONCERNING THE FLUID CONFLICT WITHIN THE FOLLOWING SECTOR OF YEREVAN FIR: 40000N0453600E-410200N0445700E-410307N0450339E THEN ALONG THE FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE BORDER BETWEEN ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN-400000N0453600E. AIRLINES SHOULD CARRY ADDITIONAL FUEL IN THE EVENT THAT ROUTES AND/OR AIRSPACE ARE RESTRICTED TO SPECIFIED OPERATIONS. AIRLINES ARE ASKED TO BE PREPARED FOR SHORT NOTICE CHANGES AND INCLUDE THE ABOVE IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLASE CONTACT: CDS@ARMATS.AM. 30 SEP 17:00 2020 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 30 SEP 17:27 2020
Source: France
Reference: AIC 16/20
Issued: 23-Jul-20, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Operators should not overfly Armenia east of 44’45 East longitude.
From 23/07/2020 and until further notice, French air carriers and owners of aircraft registered in France are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate in the part of the YEREVAN SVARNOTS FIR (UDDD) east of the meridian 44°45'00"E and in the part of the BAKU FIR (UBBA) west of the meridian 47°20'00" E except for routes M737 (between DISKA and VERCA), M747 (between VERCA and LIMTI), T916 (between LEYLA and SUBUT), N161 (between LEYLA and LIMTI), N996 (between GIPAR and SUBUT), L850, N644, N319, T923 and T921 on which a flight level above or equal to FL340 is requested at all times.
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B1281/20
Issued: 17-Jul-20, valid until: 17 Aug 2020
Plain English: Caution advised in the UDDD/Yerevan FIR due to escalation in military ops along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan including anti-aircraft weaponry. (This Notam has since been rescinded, but for the short term we are still listing it here for reference.)
B1281/20 (Issued for EDWW EDGG EDMM)
- SECURITY - ARMENIA - POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION -- FIR YEREVAN (UDDD)
POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION WITHIN FIR YEREVAN (UDDD) FROM MILITARY OPERATION INCLUDING ANTI AVIATION WEAPONRY. CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENT 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.
17 JUL 17:34 2020 UNTIL 17 AUG 23:59 2020. CREATED: 17 JUL 17:35 2020