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. On, 20 June, the U.S. FAA barred all U.S.
carriers from traveling over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman until further notice.
The ban comes after Iran shot down a U.S. Global Hawk drone with a surface-to-air missile.
The nearest aircraft was approximately 45 nautical miles from the drone when it was shot
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. KLM and Lufthansa have already joined the
ban over the Strait of Hormuz.
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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