Kiev offered NATO to use the airspace in the Simferopol flight information area for alliance operations. This proposal was made by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Krykliy.
During talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner in Brussels, Krykliy emphasized that Ukraine adheres to the chosen course of NATO membership and, as part of future integration, is participating in the Alliance's air traffic data exchange program.
(...) we propose to use this part of the airspace for NATO air operations to transport troops, equipment, cargo and the like. We look forward to NATO support in monitoring the air situation along the border with Russia
- said the Ukrainian minister.
In doing so, he referred to the updated EASA bulletin on flight safety in the Simferopol flight information region and the abolition of restrictions of the Federal Civil Service aviation USA on flights over the Black Sea.
According to the minister, Kiev will not be hindered by the support of its allies to ensure flight safety "in the Black Sea region and the ATO zone."
In October 2020, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice to lift the 2014 ban on American civil aviation in certain areas of the flight information area of Simferopol.
Flight Information Region (FIR, from the English Flight Information Region) is an airspace of a certain size, within which flight information services and emergency notification are provided.