Moldova

Risk Level: Two - Danger exists

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There is an ongoing active conflict in Ukraine between Russian and Ukrainian forces. Ukraine closed its entire airspace to all civil traffic on Feb 24. Russia and Belarus have closed large sections of their own airspace near to their FIR boundaries with Ukraine. Moldova initially closed all their airspace too, but have now opened a section on their western border with the LRBB/Bucharesti FIR for flights to LUKK/Chisinau airport.

Several countries have issued warnings for Moldovan airspace - we have not listed them all here due to sheer volume.

The primary risk is an unintended targeting of civil aircraft by military near the Moldova-Ukraine border, including misidentification (as with MAS17, UIA752), or confusion.

Read: OPSGROUP article: Ukraine and Russia Update March 2022

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
France Notam LFFF F0860/22 20 May 2022 18 Aug 2022
Moldova AIP SUP 7/22 17 May 2022 25 Jun 2022
Canada Notam CZUL H0872/22 25 Mar 2022 23 Jun 2022
Source: France
Issued: 20-May-22, valid until: 18 Aug 2022
Plain English: French operators should not enter the airspace of Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova; should also not enter the airspace of Russia within 200nm of the FIR boundaries with Ukraine.
MILITARY INVASION OF UKRAINE BY RUSSIAN FEDERATION POSES A HIGH RISK FOR CIVIL FLIGHTS OPERATING AT ALL ALTITUDES AND FLIGHT LEVELS. AIR CARRIERS AND CAPTAINS OF ACFT IN CHARGE OF AIR SERVICE MANAGED BY CARRIERS HOLDERS OF OPERATING LICENCE ISSUED BY FRANCE, WHETHER THEY ARE CONTRACTUAL CARRIERS AND/OR DE FACTO CARRIERS, OR PERFORMING AIR SERVICE WITH COMMERCIAL CHARTER AGREEMENT OR WITH CODE SHARING AND TO ALL FLIGHT PERFORMED WITH FRENCH ACFT REGISTRATION ARE REQUESTED TO :
- NOT ENTER FIR LVIV (UKLV), FIR KYIV (UKBV), FIR DNIPROPETROVSK (UKDV), FIR SIMFEROPOL (UKFV), FIR ODESA (UKOV), FIR MINSK (UMMV) AND FIR CHISINAU (LUUU)
- NOT ENTER WITHIN 200 NM OF THE UKRAINIAN BORDER INTO THE FIR MOSCOW (UUWV) AND ROSTOV-NA-DONU (URRV)
- EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN CONDUCTING FLIGHTS BEYOND 200 NM OF THE UKRAINIAN BORDER IN FIR MOSCOW (UUWV) AND FIR ROSTOV-NA-DONU (URRV).
THIS NOTAM SUPERSEDES THE RESTRICTIONS CONCERNING UKRAINE ISSUED IN AIC 10/22.
20 MAY 07:17 2022 UNTIL 17 AUG 23:59 2022.
CREATED: 20 MAY 07:17 2022
Source: Moldova
Reference: AIP SUP 7/22
Issued: 17-May-22, valid until: 25 Jun 2022
Plain English: Moldovan airspace (the LUUU/Chisinau FIR) was closed on Feb 24 due to the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. But this SUP states that there is now an expanded section of airspace along the western border with the LRBB/Bucharesti FIR that is open for flights to LUKK/Chisinau airport. There's also a new simplified procedure for applying for a permit which can be found here.
Download AIP SUP 7/22 here.
Source: Canada
Issued: 25-Mar-22, valid until: 23 Jun 2022
Plain English: Canadian operators are prohibited from the airspace of Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Russia’s URRV/Rostov FIR; and within 200nm of the FIR boundaries with Ukraine in Russia’s UUWV/Moscow FIR.
AIRSPACE SECURITY WARNING ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT IN RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF WAR IN UKRAINE. POTENTIAL RISK FM MILITARY COMBAT AND DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY, AND THREAT POSED BY MISIDENTIFICATION, MISCALCULATION AND MISCOMMUNICATION IN EASTERN EUROPE. CANADIAN AIR OPERATORS AND OWNERS OF ACFT REGISTERED IN CANADA ARE PROHIBITED FM:
- ENTERING UKRAINIAN AIRSPACE:
- OPERATING IN THE MINSK (UMMV), CHISINAU (LUUU) AND ROSTOV (URRV) FIRS:
- OPERATING WITHIN 200NM OF THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DNIPROPETROVSK (UKDV) AND KYIV (UKBV) FIRS IN THE MOSCOW (UUWV) FIR.
HUMANITARIAN AND ANY OTHER FLIGHT SEEKING AN EXCEPTION TO THIS PROHIBITION MUST RECEIVE AUTHORIZATION GRANTED FM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT. AFFECTED AIR OPERATORS WISHING TO OBTAIN SUCH AN AUTHORIZATION MUST APPLY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AT 1-877-992-6853 OR 1-613-992-6853 OR BY EMAIL AT OPERATIONS.AVIATION(AT)TC.GC.CA.
25 MAR 19:40 2022 UNTIL 23 JUN 18:00 2022 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 25 MAR 19:40 2022