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EASA recommends flights over Iran be avoided below FL250
16 January 2020

 The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Conflict Zone Information Bulletin recommending that flights over Iran be avoided at levels lower than 25,000 feet.

The Bulletin is valid until 16 July 2020 and reflects the conclusions of the EU Integrated Aviation Security Risk Assessment Group, which comprises EASA, the European Commission, European External Action Service and the EU Member States.
It states: “Due to the hazardous security situation, and poor coordination between civil aviation and military operations, there is a risk of misidentification of civil aircraft. Due to the presence of advanced air-defence systems, it is advised to be cautious with the risk associated to civil aviation. The risk to operations is assessed to be HIGH for Flight Levels below 250.”

As the situation in Iran is currently very dynamic, a more restrictive recommendation, issued on 11/01/2020 by EASA and the European Commission, also remains in place. This recommendation states that overflights of Iran at all levels should be avoided until further notice, as a precautionary measure.

This recommendation was issued to EU National Aviation Authorities in response to Iran’s admission that it had accidentally shot down flight PS752. This recommendation does not have the more formal status or fixed time limitation of a Conflict Zone Information Bulletin and may, therefore, be adjusted quickly, as appropriate, in response to any new information as it becomes available. EASA says it continues to monitor the situation closely.


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