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U.S. aviation regulator FAA lifts ban on civilian flights over Middle East

Christian Fernsby |
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the go ahead for U.S. civilian flights to resume over much of the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman region.

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Topics: U.S.    FAA    BAN    FLIGHT    MIDDLE EAST   

Regulators had issued an immediate ban on civilian flights over Iraq, Iran, the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman following heightened tensions between Iran and the US last month and potential risks from civilian planes being mistaken for those involved in armed conflict.

A statement from the FAA said: “There is sufficiently reduced risk of Iranian military miscalculation or misidentification that could affect US civil aviation operations in the overwater airspace above the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”

This covers the majority of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman.

However, the FAA cautioned operators against using air routes nearest to the Tehran Flight Information Region.

The statement added: “The situation in the region remains fluid and could quickly escalate if circumstances change.”


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