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NOTAMs warn of airspace risk over Mali and Pakistan

09 January 2019

The government of Germany is advising commercial aircraft operators to avoid flying to Mali until 30 March 2019, citing recent attacks on airports in the country.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extended its conflict zone advisory for commercial aviation operations in Pakistani airspace until 30 December 2019.

The German Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) cited mortar attacks in July 2018 by militant groups targeting Mopti Airport and a military base near Tessalit Airport. The European Aviation Safety Agency and the US, UK, and French civil aviation authorities have already issued strict guidance on overflights and services to Mali.

Militant and terrorist groups operating in Mali are believed to possess munitions capable of engaging aircraft at low altitude (below Flight Level 100).

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