Most dangerous airspaces in the world MAPPED – 5 countries planes will avoid flying over

AIRSPACE is a contentious aspect of foreign relations, with every country anxious to preserve the sanctity of the skies above them – but there are five countries where it can be exceptionally dangerous to fly over.

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We all love a good holiday – jumping on a plane and jetting off to new and exciting destinations. But have you ever stopped to think about how you get there? while we may think a plane will take the quickest route across land or sea to the sunny shores of our holiday destination, there are certain regions pilots won’t cross as they could court a military response. The type and intensity of danger pilots could face depends on the country, and this new Express.co.uk shows exactly where they should and shouldn’t stray.

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Planes are among the smoothest modes of transport, up to 19 times safer than cars.

But this rule applies primarily to the first world, where nations police their airspace diplomatically.

Other countries may not follow this path and instead operate a zero-tolerance policy for stray flights – meaning your pilot could be putting you in danger if they fly over these controversial hotspots.

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Airspace warning: The most dangerous airspaces in the world MAPPED (Image: GETTY – EXPRESS)

Airspace warning: Iran

Airspace warning: Some nations are more hostile to stray flights than others (Image: GETTY)

These nations are often engaged in national conflict and target planes flying above as aggressors.

Some of these nations may also border others with more diplomatic policies but warrant concern by association.

The Conflict Zone and Risk Database splits countries into three risk levels; moderate risk, assessed risk and caution.

Each of these specifies active airspace warnings, a local war zone or national air incidents.

Airspace warning: Dangerous airspace

Airspace warning: The world’s most dangerous airspaces (Image: GETTY)

Airspace warning: Afghanistan

Airspace warning: All active warzones are currently in no-fly areas (Image: GETTY)

Moderate risk areas

The deceptively named “moderate” risk areas are otherwise known as no-fly zones.

Pilots who stray into these areas could court aggressive military response.

Parties on the ground below may have access to Surface to Air Missiles or other aircraft targeting systems.

Leaders and organisations in each of the “moderate risk” countries advised planes against entering local airspace.

As such, they must prioritise avoiding the following areas at all costs.

They include:

  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Yemen
  • Libya
  • Syria

Airspace warning: Belarus

Airspace warning: Belarus officials recently triggered airspace controversy (Image: GETTY)

Assessed risk areas

Assessed risk is a term used to describe countries under airspace warnings from national or international organisations.

In the UK, the Department for Transport handles advice for civil aviation, while other international organisations release communications of their own.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issues warnings for the bloc’s 27 member states.

Warnings applied to countries included in the assessed risk area list come into effect for specific regions and altitudes.

Many have emerged in areas with a secure national government undergoing social upheaval.

Assessed risk areas include:

  • Ethiopia
  • South Sudan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ukraine
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Venezuela
  • North Korea
  • Mali
  • Pakistan

Caution areas

The Conflict Zone and Risk Database built its caution area list out of countries not officially recognised as risky.

These areas, it states, do not have multiple active airspace warnings in effect.

But they should warrant some caution or security review before people consider flying over them.

Caution areas include a selection of countries with noted recent airspace controversies.

These controversies came either as a result of internal disputes or threats from neighbouring countries.

The caution list includes:

  • Belarus
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Chad
  • Cyprus
  • Western Sahara
  • Albania
  • Philippines
  • Central African Republic
Harry Byrne

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