Saudi Arabia

Risk Level: Two - Danger exists

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Due to military activity related to the involvement in Yemen, as well as ground to ground missile strikes, it is suggested to avoid the southwestern region of the Jeddah FIR. However, airports in the north, such as OEJN/Jeddah and OERK/Riyadh, are still very much on the radar for the Houthis, who launched missile attacks against these airports on multiple occasions throughout 2018. There is definitely a risk to operations in Saudi airspace, even outside the SCATANA area.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
Germany Notam B0074/20 04 Feb 2020 04 May 2020
France AIC 03/19 24 Jan 2019 Ongoing
Saudi Arabia Notam W0438/18 11 Oct 2018 Ongoing
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B0074/20
Issued: 04-Feb-20, valid until: 04 May 2020
Plain English: Potential risk to operators overflying or landing anywhere along the border with Yemen in the southwest part of the OEJD/Jeddah FIR.
B0074/20 (Issued for EDMM EDGG EDWW)
SECURITY ...SAUDI ARABIA ... POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR JEDDAH (OEJD)

POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION WITHIN SOUTH WEST SECTOR OF FIR JEDDAH (OEJD) INCLUDING LANDING, TAXIING, PARKING AND TAKE OFF AT ALL AIRPORTS FROM DEDICATED GROUND TO GROUND BALLISTIC WEAPONRY, UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ATTACKS AND ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS.

CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS.

AFFECTED AREA: ALONG FIR SANAA AND FIR JEDDAH BOUNDARY WAYPOINTS NISMI - NABAN - NOBSU - NETAS - N1800E4800 - N2030E4800 - AMBAL - IMRAM - BOXIL - NISMI.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GENERAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL AVIATION OF SAUDI ARABIA (GACA) MIGHT ISSUE SCATANA INSTRUCTIONS (SECURITY CONTROL OF AIR TRAFFIC AND AIR NAVIGATION AIDS) AT ANY TIME.

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 FEB 11:10 2020 UNTIL 04 MAY 23:59 2020. CREATED: 04 FEB 11:25 2020
Source: France
Reference: AIC 03/19
Issued: 24-Jan-19, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Exercise caution in Saudi airspace, and do no 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 W0438/18
Issued: 11-Oct-18, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: When a Notam like this is published, SCATANA rules become active in the southern part of Saudi Arabia.
W0438/18 NOTAMN
Q) OEJD/QXXXX/IV/NBO/W /000/999/
A) OEJD B) 1810112328 C) PERM

E) DUE TO CONFLICT IN YEMEN BETWEEN LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT AND THE
HOUTHI MILITIA SUPPORTED BY IRANIAN REGIME SCATANA IS ACTIVATED IN
THE SOUTH PART OF JEDDAH FIR

FLYING RULES AND INFORMATION ON AVAILABLE ATS ROUTES ARE DESCRIBED
IN KSA AIP SUP AIRAC 05/2018 AND 07/2018 .

PILOTS SHALL KEEP LISTENING TO THE APPROPRIATE ATC FREQUENCIES AND
SHALL ADHERE STRICTLY TO ATC INSTRUCTIONS WHEN FLYING TO/FROM THE
SOUTHERN AIRPORTS DUE TO DEFENSE RESPONSES THAT MAY OCCUR.
IN ADDITION SAUDI ARABIA IS PUTTING IN PLACE MEASURES TO MITIGATE
RISK THAT MIGHT RESULT FROM LIMITED LONG-RANGE MISSILES AND UNMANNED
AIRCRAFT SYSTEM CAPABILITIES THAT MAY TARGET AIRPORTS WITHIN JEDDAH
FIR .

OPERATORS MAY CONSIDER THIS INFORMATION WHEN CONDUCTING RISK
ASSESSMENT