2017-07-31 New Iraq Overflight Restrictions by FAA


2017-07-31 New Iraq Overflight Restrictions by FAA


Iraq overflight restrictions for US Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls „the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict“ there.

Previously, the FAA issued an overflight minimum of 20.000 feet.

There were fears that heavily armed militias (ISIS) have captured or acquired longer rage ground-air-missiles capable of targeting civil airliners in cruise flight.  Several European carriers already have developed alternate flights plans for Iraq.

The FAA also is prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying in and out of two Iraqi airports, Erbil International and Sulaymaniyah International.



List of airlines currently avoiding Iraq airspace:

  • Air France
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Swiss
  • Virgin Atlantic

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