Flight Ban for Qatar Flights in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt

Following the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are banning flights to and from Qatar. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are also banning overflights by aircraft registered in Qatar. Bahrain is severely restricting overflight access to Qatari aircraft.

See where Qatar Airways flies from Doha

Bahrain

UPDATE 11 June — Bahrain has eased routing restrictions on Qatar-registered flights in the Bahrain FIR. Flights by Qatar-registered aircraft now have access to all routes in the Bahrain FIR except those highlighted in red in the image below (and listed in full the NOTAM below).

Updated routing restrictions in the Bahrain FIR for Qatar-registered flights

Relevant NOTAM

A0215/17 – ALL ROUTES WITHIN BAHRAIN FIR ARE AVILABLE FOR FLIGHTS AFFECTED BY
NOTAM A0212/17,  EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING AWYS THAT FALL WITHIN BAHRAIN
AIRSPACE:
1- B/UB457, L/UL604 AND N/UN685 BETWEEN DENVO AND NARMI
2- M/UM444 AND T/UT444 BETWEEN DENVO AND DESBU
3- N/UN318 BETWEEN LADNA AND ASTAD
4- A/UA453 BETWEEN ASTAD AND DESBU
5- P/UP699 BETWEEN ASTAD AND NARMI.


Bahrain is banning flights between Qatar and Bahrain. Qatar also lies within the Bahrain FIR, and Bahrain is restricting the routes available to aircraft registered in the state of Qatar. Aircraft registered in Qatar entering the Bahrain FIR bound for Qatar must enter at MIDSI and follow route UR659 to Qatar. Aircraft departing Qatar must use route UT430 and exit Bahrain FIR at RAGAS.

Routes available to Qatari aircraft through Bahrain FIR, beginning 6 June (click to enlarge)

From Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has suspended all flights to the Kingdom of Bahrain from 00:00 UTC June 6th(03:00 Doha time, June 6th) until further notice.

Flights QR1106, QR1107, QR1108 and QR1109 to and from the Kingdom of Bahrain on June 5th will operate as planned and remain unaffected.

Relevant Bahrain NOTAMs

OBBB   BAHRAIN FIR
A0208/17 – FOR FLIGHTS AFFECTED BY NOTAM A0205/17 THE FOLLOWING AWYS ARE AVBL: 1-UT430 OUTBOUND VIA RAGAS 2-UR659 INBOUND VIA MIDSI. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 12:00 2017
A0205/17 – ALL FLT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTHORISED TO OVERFLY BAHRAIN AIRSPACE. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 11:22 2017
A0204/17 – NO FLIGHT WILL BE ALLOWED FROM KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN TO STATE OF QATAR AND FROM STATE OF QATAR TO KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 11:17 2017


Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways has suspended all of their flights to destinations in Saudi Arabia with immediate effect. Beginning at 0000 UTC 6 June Qatari flights will not be permitted to overfly Saudi Arabia airspace. Many of Qatar Airways’ flights to southern Europe and Africa pass through Saudi Arabia. Flights to Europe will most likely be rerouted through Iran and Turkey. Flights to Africa may route via Iran and Oman and then south.

Example Qatar Airways flights passing through Saudi Arabian airspace

Relevant Saudi Arabia NOTAM

OEJD   JEDDAH
A0596/17 – ALL NON-SAUDI OR NON-QATARI REGISTERED ACFT INTENDING TO USE SAUDI AIRSPACE TO/FM QATAR AIRPORTS SHALL COORDINATE WITH GENERAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL AVIATION (GACA) WI ONE WEEK FM TODAY TO OBTAIN ALL GACA REQUIREMENTS FM THE FLW CONTACT TEL: +966115253336 EMAIL: ‘SPECIAL(AT)GACA.GOV.SA’. 06 JUN 00:01 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 11:41 2017
A0593/17 – ALL FLT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO OVERFLY SAUDI ARABIAN AIRSPACE. 06 JUN 00:01 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 09:37 2017
A0592/17 – ALL FLIGHTS REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTH TO LAND AT SAUDI ARABIAN AIRPORTS. 05 JUN 04:35 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 04:42 2017


United Arab Emirates

UPDATE 12 June – The UAE has updated its NOTAM regarding aircraft not registered in Qatar who wish to transit UAE airspace en route to Qatar. A detailed flight manifest, including passenger names, is now required 24 hours prior to departure.

Relevant NOTAM

A0848/17 – ALL ACFT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO
OVERFLY UAE AIRSPACE, DEPART OR LAND AT UAE AERODROMES.

OPERATORS NOT REGISTERED IN UAE INTENDING TO OPERATE NON-SCHEDULED
FLIGHTS OR CHARTER INCLUDING PRIVATE FLIGHTS, CARGO AND PASSENGER
FROM OR TO THE STATE OF QATAR VIA UAE AIRSPACE SHALL OBTAIN
APPROVAL FROM THE GCAA AVIATION SECURITY AFFAIRS BY PROVIDING A
COPY OF THE DETAILED MANIFEST OF THE FLIGHT INCLUDING PASSENGER
NAMES AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO THE FLW CONTACT:
TEL: 00971 50 642 4911
EMAIL: AVSEC-DI(A)GCAA.GOV.AE. 12 JUN 10:10 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 12 JUN
10:10 2017


The United Arab Emirates will ban Qatari flights from landing and departing UAE airports or using UAE airspace beginning 0000 UTC 6 June. Emirates’ last flight to Doha will be EK847, departing 02:30 local time on 6 June. The return flight will operate as EK848 at 03:50 local time. Etihad’s last flight to Doha will be EY391, departing Abu Dhabi at 21:35 local time 5 June. EY398 will return from Doha at 22:50 local time 5 June.

From Qatar Airways:

Flights QR1020, QR1021, QR1054, QR1055, QR1034, QR1035, QR 1036, QR1037, QR1018, QR1019, QR1014 and QR1015 to and from the UAE on June 5th will operate as planned and remain unaffected.

Example flights between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

Relevant UAE NOTAM

OMAE   UAE FIR
A0812/17 – ALL ACFT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO OVERFLY EMIRATES FIR,DEPART OR LAND AT UAE AERODROMES. OPERATORS NOT REGISTERED IN UAE INTENDING TO USE EMIRATES FIR FROM OR TO THE STATE OF QATAR REQUIRE PRIOR APPROVAL FROM GCAA AVIATION SECURITY AFFAIRS ON THE FLW CONTACT: TEL: 00971 50 642 4911 EMAIL: AVSEC-DI(A)GCAA.GOV.AE. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 08:37 2017


Egypt

Egypt will ban Qatari flights to and from Egyptian destinations as well as overflights of aircraft registered in Qatar. As most Qatar Airways flights overflying Egypt also traverse Saudi Arabia, this ban will have a more practical effect on Qatar’s flights to Cairo, Alexandria, and Egypt. Egypt’s ban goes into effect at 04:00 UTC on 6 June.

The Cairo FIR boundaries (in red)

From Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has suspended all flights to Egypt from 04:00 UTC June 6th (07:00 Doha time, June 6th) until further notice.

Flights QR1302 and QR1318 from Egypt on June 5th will operate as planned and remain unaffected.

Relevant Egyptian NOTAM

HECC   CAIRO ACC
A0202/17 – ALL ACFT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF QATAR ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO OVERFLY CAIRO FIR,DEPART OR LAND AT EGYPTIAN AERODROMES. OPERATORS NOT REGISTERED IN A.R.E INTENDING TO USE CAIRO FIR FROM OR TO THE STATE OF QATAR REQUIRE PRIOR APPROVAL FROM ECAA ON THE FLW CONTACT : TEL : +202 22678535 +202 24175605 AFTN : HECAYAYX. 06 JUN 04:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 05 JUN 12:11 2017


Effects on En Route Traffic through the Tehran FIR

Iranian air traffic control authorities have issued routing instructions for flights to and from Qatar transiting Iranian airspace.

Routes available to aircraft to/from Qatar transiting the Tehran FIR (click to enlarge)

Relevant NOTAMS

OIIX   TEHERAN (ACC/FIC/FIR)
A1863/17 – DUE TO REGIONAL CRISES IN BAHRAIN AND QATAR THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC
ORIENTATION SCHEME  WILL BE AVBL:
1-TRAFFIC FM QATAR TO ANKARA FIR VIA TEHRAN THE LEVEL AND ROUTE
SCHEME IS:
FL150 UP TO FL190 PROVIDED THAT 20NM SEPARATION
RAGAS-UT430-LAGSA -UL223-TESVA/ALRAM
2-TRAFFIC FM QATAR TO MUSCAT AND KARACHI FIRS, THE LEVEL AND ROUTE
SCHEME IS:
FL150 UP TO  FL190 PROVIDED THAT 20NM SEPARATION AND EXPECT
FURTHER CLIMB AFTER KIS
RAGAS-M561-ASVIB (KARACHI FIR)
RAGAS-M561-KHM-NEW FIR (MUSCAT FIR)-BUBAS

3- TRAFFIC EXITING TEHRAN FIR FROM ANKARA TO QATAR FIR , THE LEVEL
AND ROUTE SCHEME IS:
BTN FL240 UP TO FL300 PROVIDED THAT 20NM  SEPARATION
ALRAM- UT36-MIDSI
4-TRAFFIC EXITING TEHRAN FIR FM MUSCAT AND KARACHI FIR
TO QATAR FIR , THE LEVEL AND ROUTE SCHEME IS:
BTN FL240  UP TO FL260 PROVIDED THAT 10NM SEPARATION
N312/A453-MIDSI. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL 06 JUL 23:59 2017 ESTIMATED. CREATED:
05 JUN 16:15 2017
A1864/17 – OTS FOR TRAFFIC FM ANKARA TO UAE EXCEPT OMAA:
BONAM-L319-RADID-M317-KUPTO-G666-ORSAR. 06 JUN 00:00 2017 UNTIL 06 JUL 23:59
2017 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 05 JUN 16:12 2017


Updates

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.