Thursday, 27 January 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
170. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he was informed by the Irish Aviation Authority regarding its role in the context of Russian plans to conduct artillery drills off the Irish coast (details supplied). [4136/22]
Management of Irish Air Traffic Control Airspace is a matter for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). I can confirm that the IAA informed my Department of its plans to manage airspace capacity in the Southern Oceanic Transition Area, in response to the notification by the Russian authorities of their intention to undertake military exercises in that area. Such management measure will be undertaken in coordination with the Network Manager, Eurocontrol, and will create a flight restriction for the affected area along with an accompanying buffer zone to ensure the safety of civil aircraft operations.
171. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times that the Irish Aviation Authority has been informed of military exercises by foreign military or naval services affecting Irish-controlled airspace in the past ten years; the countries involved; the number of notifications from each country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4160/22]
The Irish Aviation Authority are best-placed to provide the Deputy with the relevant information, and accordingly I have referred the Deputy's question to them for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.