South Wales airspace restriction in place for NATO summit

Date: 08 August 2014

A temporary airspace restriction will be put in place around a forthcoming NATO Summit in Newport, South Wales, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. The restriction, in place from 3 – 5 September 2014, will cover a broad area from Bristol in the east, to Bridgend in the west, and from Crickhowell in the north, to the Somerset coast in the south. The restricted area will extend from surface up to flight level 105 (around 10,000ft).

The temporary airspace restriction, or RA(T), is being established at the request of Gwent Police and South Wales Police as part of the overall security arrangements for the Summit, which is expected to be attended by a number of heads of state and senior ministers. The restrictions will not affect commercial passenger flights to and from Bristol and Cardiff airports, however.

Aircraft entering the restricted area without authorisation will be subject to interception by police air support.

The full details of the restrictions have been published in an Aeronautical Information Circular and a NOTAM has been issued to all pilots.

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