No-fly zone

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No-fly zones are zones in which flying is not allowed or is restricted in some manner. First introduced in Wrath of the Lich King, Dalaran and Wintergrasp were such zones. However, those zones later became restricted to a point rather than completely flight free. For example Wintergrasp, a combat zone, flying was allowed until it got near battle time, then after a short time after flying into the zone players would be kicked off their mounts with a parachute.

With the release of Cataclysm the flight restrictions were lifted on Dalaran and is fully accessible by flying mounts.

Types

Can't fly during certain times
In Wintergrasp you can fly through the whole zone, land, and takeoff from the ground so long as a battle is not taking place. During combat you will be forcefully dismounted after a few seconds (though you will also get a prompt asking if you would like to join in the battle, as well, making the debuff a moot point unless a player chooses no in the prompt).
Can't fly in at all
Not including instances or raid zones, places like Argus, Tol Barad, Tol Barad Peninsula, the Molten Front, and the Maelstrom are zones that were created after flight was implemented in the game, but where flight is not allowed under any conditions. There are also zones that were never designed for flight and were not updated to enable flight with Cataclysm. Currently the last remaining ones are The Burning Crusade Azeroth zones, namely Eversong Woods, Ghostlands, Azuremyst Isle, Bloodmyst Isle, and Isle of Quel'Danas.
The unknown
Instanced starting areas like the Lost Isles and Kezan, where it's unknown if flight is possible as players don't have access to flying mounts during their time here and are not able to revisit these areas when they can fly. The same goes for Gilneas, although its non-instanced version (Ruins of Gilneas, respectively) can be visited in the main world and flown over.

Notes

It is still possible to ride a flying mount in a no-fly zone, or in a flight-enabled zone before fulfilling the flight requirements (acquiring the [Flight Master's License] for Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms and [Cold Weather Flying] for Northrend). However, it will only function as a ground mount, unable to take off.

It is currently possible to use the  ["Skyterror" Personal Delivery System] to fly to a limited degree in the previously mentioned 'no flying at all' zones.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Dalaran is no longer a no-fly zone.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The no flying zone rules are slightly changed.
Pre-patch one could not fly in the no-fly zones or mount up on a flying mount in one.