ICAO demands to restrict flights in airspace affected by armed conflict

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) demands a ban on flights in airspace affected by armed conflicts, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin said in a letter posted on the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) website.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) demands a ban on flights in airspace affected by armed conflicts, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin said in a letter posted on the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) website.

Citing article nine of the international civil aviation convention, the ICAO said that a state can consistently restrict or ban aircraft flights by other countries above its territory over military necessity or public danger.

The country, which bares the responsibility for serving air traffic, should determine the geographic zone of the conflict and assess dangers for civil aircraft flights, the letter said. It should be determined whether it is necessary to avoid such flights in the conflict area or via it, or whether it is possible to continue flights upon observing certain conditions, the document said.

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