US bans airlines from flying over Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf
US airlines, including freighter operators, have been banned from flying over airspace in Iran, Iraq (Baghdad region), the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman by the US Federal Aviation Administration in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
15 January 2020 - 19:00
In response, US cargo carriers have been filing requests for exemptions to the notice, outlining the steps they have taken to mitigate risks and stating that they believe they can operate safely in the region, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Atlas Air Worldwide-owned Polar Air Cargo and Atlas Air requested permission to continue flying over the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf on their flights to Bahrain and Qatar, while sister airline Southern Air said it would like to continue flights over the gulfs for services heading to airports in Bahrain.
The carriers said they would operate with a buffer to the areas of conflict, inform the F on a daily basis of planned operations, disseminate F updates to its security teams and flight crews and continue to monitor the region.
Kalitta Air requested permission to fly over the gulfs for services to Bahrain in order to continue flying for DHL and the US Military, outlining the steps it had taken to ensure the safety of flights.
Omni Air also requested permission to continue flying for the US Department of Defense in the gulfs for its services to Qatar, Oman and the UAE.
'Omni believes we can conduct our operations safely as the plan assures the flight operates as closely to the Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi land masses as the published airways will allow,' the carrier said.
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