US flight advisory for airspace adjacent to Damascus, Syria

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued strong warnings to all air carriers in the Syrian region due to the armed forces strike being carried out by the U.S., the UK, and France.

All U.S. air carriers and commercial operators and all persons exercising the privileges of an airman certificate issued by the FAA except for those operating U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier and all operators of aircraft registered in the U.S. except where the operator is a foreign carrier are advised to exercise extreme caution when operating in the airspace within 200 nautical miles of the Damascus Flight Information Region (OSTT FIR) due to heightened military activity in or around Syria.

This is due to armed forces strikes now occurring by the United States, the UK, and France in Syria in response to the suspected chemical attacks on Syria’s own citizens by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Military activity may include GPS interference, communications jamming, and possible errant long-range surface-to-air missiles originating from Syrian territory, within the OSTT FIR, and straying into adjacent airspace. This could pose an inadvertent risk to U.S. Civil Aviation operating in the region.