Updated on 21 May 2019
On 16 May, the FAA released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), advising U.S. Carriers avoid flight paths over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman due to rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran and U.S. military activity in the region.
The Persian Gulf serves as a massive channel for international flights from all regions of the globe bound for destinations in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. Passenger airliners operated by Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airways continue to fly over the Persian Gulf – sometimes flying as low as 20,000 feet – opening room for misidentifying aircraft during times of rising tensions
The FAA does not have the authority to ground foreign aircraft or prevent foreign airlines from operating in the region. However, should tensions between the US and Iran become heightened, flights may be forced to reroute.
Operations at the following airports could be impacted should airlines begin heeding the FAA’s advisory:
Kuwait City (KWI)
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Delayed, canceled, and/or rerouted flights
Increased military activity in the region
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Check your flight itinerary to ensure it is operating normally
Be mindful of flight paths when traveling through the region and make necessary itinerary adjustments at your discretion
Monitor local and social media for updates
Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy
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