EASA warns traffic away from Crimea airspace

In a 3 April Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has warned all aircraft under the National Aviation Authorities of the EASA Member States to avoid airspace controlled by the Flight Information Region of Simferopol in Crimea because of the potential compromised safety environment due to conflicting claims over who is responsible for Air Traffic Service in that Flight Information Region (FIR).


EASA warns traffic away from Crimea airspace


In a 3 April Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has warned all aircraft under the National Aviation Authorities of the EASA Member States to avoid airspace controlled by the Flight Information Region of Simferopol in Crimea because of the potential compromised safety environment due to conflicting claims over who is responsible for Air Traffic Service in that Flight Information Region (FIR). The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the network manager in charge of the European Aviation Network also strongly recommended that the airspace controlled by the Simferopol FIR should be avoided and circumnavigated due to the existing safety concerns.

Russian officials now hold that all air traffic operations over the Crimea and the surrounding waters are subject to control by the Russian Federation. The move follows a referendum – dismissed by the international community as illegitimate – which Russia says grants them the sovereign rights of the Crimea.