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EASA withdraws conflict zone warning for Kenya
27 September 2018

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) withdrew its Conflict Zone Information Bulletin (CZIB) for Kenya on 26 September 2018.

The agency first published a conflict zone alert on Kenya on 9 September 2016, referring to U.K. (CAA) and U.S. (FAA) warnings that stated “to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Kenya at altitudes below FL260 due to the possibility of extremist/militant activity.”

The CZIB’s validity was extended several times. The most recent extension was published on September 3, 2018. In that edition, EASA explicitly added a new warning:  “The presence of terrorist groups with the military capabilities (including anti-aircraft weaponry) is assessed to pose a HIGH risk to operations within Kenyan airspace and territory FIRs at altitudes below FL 250.

EASA stated that their reason for the withdrawal of the alert, was that “the latest EU Risk Assessment indicated that airspace security threat has reduced over time […] (the situation has become more stable in this region), namely there is no longer a HIGH risk for Medium or High altitude overflight.”

While EASA withdrew their alert, the CAA and FAA warnings for Kenya were still valid (on September 26).

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