Seamless Approvals for Business Aircraft Overflight and Landings at Eritrean Airports

Embark on your journey with our specialization in securing aviation permits and vital clearances for Eritrean airports. We excel in ensuring a smooth experience for your aircraft, encompassing overflight and landing permits. Rely on our proficiency for swift permit acquisition, even with short notice, simplifying your trip coordination. Make Just Aviation your reliable collaborator for a stress-free visit to Eritrea airports.

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    Overflight Permits in Eritrea’s International Operations

    When planning business aviation operations or flights through Ethiopia, it’s essential to be aware of the complex political situation in Eritrea. Flights to the north of Ethiopia are typically not permitted to overfly or land in Eritrea due to ongoing political issues. The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) strictly enforces these restrictions, which also apply to flights arriving from or overflying Ethiopia. Consequently, overflying Ethiopian airspace necessitates avoiding Eritrea altogether.

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    Furthermore, any flights to or from Eritrea will result in the denial of Ethiopian permits. It is imperative to take note of NOTAMs issued by the Ethiopian CAA, temporarily withdrawing the use of specific airways within Ethiopian airspace due to border problems in the Eritrea region. Given the complex political landscape, using a supervisory handling agent is recommended when traveling to Ethiopia. They will manage “below wing” ground handling and often assist with credit arrangements, while flight plans should be submitted to air traffic control by the Pilot-in-Command (PIC). These considerations are crucial for smooth business aviation operations in the region.

    Landing Permits in Eritrea's International Operations

    For business aviation operators planning flights through Ethiopia, particularly when heading north, it’s important to understand the intricate political dynamics involving Eritrea. Landing in Eritrea or transiting its airspace en route to Ethiopia is generally not permitted due to ongoing political tensions. The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) strictly enforces these restrictions, which extend to flights originating from or passing over Ethiopian territory.

    Flights to or from Eritrea will result in Ethiopian permit denials. Additionally, the Ethiopian CAA issues NOTAMs temporarily restricting certain airways within Ethiopian airspace due to border disputes in the Eritrean region, safeguarding civilian aircraft operations. To ensure a seamless aviation operation, it is advisable to engage a supervisory handling agent when traveling to Ethiopia. These agents manage “below wing” ground handling and may assist with credit arrangements. Flight plans should be presented to air traffic control by the Pilot-in-Command (PIC). Given the ongoing political concerns with Eritrea, it is vital to adhere to these considerations for landing permits when planning flights in the region.


    To obtain an Eritrea overflight permit, you will need to provide the following information:

    • Complete Flight Schedule
    • Entry Point and Exit Point
    • All Passenger Details (Only for Passenger Flights)
    • Consignee and Consigner Details (Only for Cargo Flights)

    The issued overflight permit number must be inserted in Item 18 of your submitted Flight Plan.

    According to Eritrea Civil Aviation, there are no processing fees applied for the issuance of Eritrea Overflight Permits.

    An Eritrea overflight permit is valid for +72 hours from the initially requested schedule.

    Eritrea’s airspace currently has one Flight Information Region (FIR), with the ICAO Code “HHAA.”

    Eritrea Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for issuing Eritrea Overflight Permits. You can contact them at the following postal address: Ministry of Transport and Communications Ministry, P.O. Box 252, Asmara, Eritrea.

    Eritrea CAA will issue the air navigation bill directly to the registered company that submits the overflight permit request.

    According to Eritrea Civil Aviation Publication (Amend AIP-ERITREA Pages: GEN 4.2-1 effective from 01-Mar-2021), air navigation charges are determined based on the Maximum Take-Off Weight of the aircraft specified in the Certificate of Airworthiness. The charges are as follows:

    • First to 10,000 lbs: $100 USD
    • 10,001 to 50,000 lbs: $125 USD
    • 50,001 to 120,000 lbs: $175 USD
    • 120,001 to 300,000 lbs: $200 USD
    • 300,000 lbs and Above: $225 USD

    These charges apply to all types of overflights operating within, across, and to/from the Asmara Flight Information Region and Search and Rescue Region (Asmara FIR/SRR).

    Eritrea Civil Aviation Authority operates from 0400Z to 1500Z. Please note that the weekend in Eritrea is on Saturday and Sunday.

    How to secure flight permits in Eritrea?

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