To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 119564, on aviation, what the reasons are for the directions and advice in place in the cases of (a) Libya, (b) Syria, (c) Yemen, (d) Iraq, (e) Somalia, (f) Ukraine and (g) Egypt.
The Department provides advice to operators of UK registered aircraft on the risks of using a country’s airspace or Flight Information Region (FIR) in areas where an elevated level of risk is assessed due to activities on the ground. This advice is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in the form of a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). The level of advice is determined based on the threat posed to aircraft in that airspace and a risk assessment is completed, based on the best available information, before any advice is issued. In certain cases the advice is supplemented by a Direction not to operate.
The reasons for the current NOTAMs in the areas mentioned are:
a) Potential risk to aviation overflying Libya from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. b) Potential risk to aviation overflying Syria from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. c) Potential risk to aviation overflying Yemen from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. d) Potential risk to aviation overflying Iraq from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. e) Potential risk to aviation overflying Somalia at less than 25,000ft above ground level from dedicated anti-aircraft weaponry f) Potential risk to aviation overflying eastern Ukraine from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry and the potential for confusion over air traffic control service provision in the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR g) Potential risk to aviation overflying Egyptian airspace in Northern Sinai Governate at less than 25,000 ft above ground level from dedicated anti-aircraft weaponry.
Additionally, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh following the downing of a Metrojet flight in October 2015.
Advice is kept under regular review.