ICAO releases latest airspace guidance in times of conflict

ICAO has released updated guidance to help aviation regulators and operators manage their airspace in times of conflict.

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The guidance was first issued in 2017 as a result of the work undertaken by ICAO after the downing of flight MH17 in 2014.

The shooting down of flight PS 752 in 2020 triggered a decision by the following ICAO Assembly, in 2022, to prioritise the review of the existing manual.

The update comprises inputs from individual, states, industry stakeholders and from the Safer Skies Initiative Committee.

The third edition of the ‘Risk Assessment Manual for Civil Aircraft Operations Over or Near Conflict Zones’ has now been expanded to encompass advice for states and operators regarding the risks from surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), ballistic missiles, surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs), air-to-air missiles (AAMs), and to provide guidance on conducting conflict zone airspace closures and reassessing post conflict zone airspace.