Iraq

Risk Level: Two - Danger exists

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Until November 2017, we maintained a Level 1 – No Fly entry for Iraq. With a reduction in conflict on the ground, and more control in government hands, the airspace risk has reduced. Consequentially, foreign authorities are softening their stance on Iraq. On November 27, 2017, several international airlines (Emirates, Turkish) resumed Iraq overflights after their national authorities removed restrictions. Risk area remains in the Northwest, but airways UM860 and UM688 – running north/south in the eastern half of the FIR, are far less of a threat. All four countries who regularly publish conflict zone warnings (US, Germany, UK and France) have now issued new advice, allowing overflight of Iraq at certain flight levels.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
Germany Notam B0210/19 04 Apr 2019 04 Jul 2019
France AIC 03/19 24 Jan 2019 Ongoing
USA Notam KICZ A0023/18 26 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2020
USA SFAR SFAR 77 26 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2020
UK UK AIP ENR 1.1 (1.4.5) 05 Dec 2017 Ongoing
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B0210/19
Issued: 04-Apr-19, valid until: 04 Jul 2019
Plain English: Due to ongoing military operations in the north of the country, overflights should be at FL260 or above.
B0210/19 (Issued for EDGG EDWW EDMM)

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 NINVA AND TOTAM
AIRWAY UM688 BETWEEN RATVO AND DERNU
AIRWAY UP975 BETWEEN SIDNA AND TUBEN
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.

04 APR 00:00 2019 UNTIL 04 JUL 23:59 2019. CREATED: 28 MAR 16:18 2019
Source: France
Reference: AIC 03/19
Issued: 24-Jan-19, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Overflights should only be on airways UM860 and UM688, and UL602 between TASMI and ALPET. Fly at or above FL320.
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: USA
Issued: 26-Oct-18, valid until: 26 Oct 2020
Plain English: Overflights prohibited below FL260. More details in SFAR 77.
KICZ 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.
Source: USA
Reference: SFAR SFAR 77
Issued: 26-Oct-18, valid until: 26 Oct 2020
Plain English: All US Operators can overfly Iraq, but at FL260 or above.
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.
Source: UK
Issued: 05-Dec-17, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Overflights should only be on airways UL602 to ALPET, UM860 and UM688, and should be above FL250.
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.