There seems to be no end in sight for the French Guiana ATC strikes. Here’s the current situation:
SOOO FIR: the entire airspace will be uncontrolled from 00-11z until 25 Nov.
That means there will be no ATC staff on duty during these times. Basically, during the closure, there’s a contingency plan in place: so if you want to cross this bit of airspace, there are now very specific routes and levels you have to fly at. Check these carefully prior to ops, and make sure you’re at the right flight level before crossing the FIR boundary. Once you’re inside the FIR, don’t change your speed or level.
To read the contingency plan in full, with all the published routes and what to do, click here.
TTZP/Piarco ATC (who control the FIR to the north) have said that everything has been running smoothly so far with this contingency plan, and they haven’t had any problems with directing overflying traffic from TTZP to SOOO.
We’ve seen endless different versions of this closure over the past few months, and we fully expect another variant to be announced after this one finishes on Nov 25.
SOCA/Cayenne Airport: closed each day from 0000-0300z and 0630-1100z until Dec 1.
Except for emergency flights. The same goes for all other airports in the country. No ATS services or ATC during these times.
There’s an additional closure showing on the Notams for Nov 23 & 24: the airport will be closed from 00-08z each day for runway repair.
Local media reports that there are more night-time closures planned at Cayenne airport beyond Dec 1 due to the ATC strike action, but nothing has been officially announced yet.
We’ll keep this page updated with the latest news.