Overflight Fees In The Middle East
Flying through the Middle East requires advance planning, including applying for landing and overflight permits in advance. If you are flying through the airspace of several countries to arrive at your destination, you may be required to pay overflight fees in each nation. Fortunately, many Middle Eastern nations assess overflight fees that are easy to calculate.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc 7100, The Tariffs for Airports and Air Navigation Services, lists airport and air navigation services charges (including landing and overflight fees if any), for each of its member countries. Any specific numbers in this article are from the 2012 version, so please check with your Jetex representative for the most updated fee information.
Afghanistan assesses a flat overflight fee of 400 United States dollars (USD). International aircraft landing or departing from an Afghani airport are assessed flat fees of 150 USD per flight.
Bahrain does not require an overflight permit for any aircraft registered in an ICAO member state, but air navigation charges are assessed based on the aircraft weight in kg. A 50 percent surcharge is applied for overflights.
Iraq assesses a flat 375 USD charge for any aircraft flying through the Baghdad Flight Information Region (FIR) without landing. No other air navigation charges are assessed.
A flat rate in USD based on the aircraft weight is applied, with different rates for en-route (landing or taking off in Israel) and overflying aircraft.
Overflight charges are based on a specific rate per metric ton, with different rates at the 25, 75, and 100 metric ton marks.
Lebanon assesses overflight charges of 75,000 Lebanese Pounds (LBP) for aircraft up to 70,000 kg and 150,000 LBP for aircraft over 70,000 kg.
Oman assesses a flat fee in USD based on the aircraft weight in kg whether the aircraft is overflying, landing in, or departing from the country.
Air navigation charges are based on the aircraft weight and km flown as shown on the flight plan. Rates per km are the same whether you are overflying or landing in Pakistan, although landing aircraft are able to reduce the chargeable distance by 20 km.
Qatar requires an overflight permit, but does not assess overflight fees.
All aircraft flying within the country’s airspace are assessed air navigation charges whether taking off, landing, or overflying the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Charges are calculated from a weight factor and distance between entry and exit points in km.
United Arab Emirates
The UAE assesses air navigation charges for any portion of a flight that occurs within the Emirates FIR. Flights that take off or land within the Emirates are assessed a sector charge ranging from 60 to 105 USD depending on the weight of the aircraft in kg. Overflight charges range from 130 to 235 USD based on the aircraft weight. If you fly domestically within the Emirates FIR, a flat rate of 10 USD is assessed per round trip regardless of aircraft size. One exception is flights to oil rigs or islands, which do not incur a sector charge.
Air navigation charges vary based on scheduled or non-scheduled flights. These are different from the overflight charges, which are calculated based on the flight route and aircraft weight in metric tons. Minimum overflight charge is 108 USD and maximum charge is 999 USD.
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