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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2020
P-000336/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tom Berendsen
 Subject: Overflights of conflict zones

Following the liquidation of the Iranian General Soleimani on 3 January 2020, European airlines continued to fly over Iran and Iraq. The Dutch airline KLM decided only on 8 January, following Iran’s missile attacks on military bases in Iraq and the downing of Flight PS752 in Tehran, to stop flying over the two countries.

It was only on Thursday, 16 January that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Conflict Zone Information Bulletin (CZIB) recommending that airlines should not fly over Iran at any altitude lower than 25 000 ft.

What is the Commission’s assessment of the role of EASA in keeping European citizens safe, given that European airlines continued to fly over the conflict zones Iran and Iraq after the liquidation of General Soleimani?

In view of the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine in 2014 and the recent disaster to flight PS752 in Iran, what measures are being taken to increase the safety of flights operated by European airlines in possible high risk zones?

Does the Commission consider that the decision to fly over high risk zones should rest with airlines or EASA?

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