Several good airport options are available for business aircraft operators intending to visit the Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix which runs July 7-9 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneaux in Montreal. Here’s some information to help you with your trip planning:
1. There are 3 primary airports to consider for the Canada F1 Grand Prix
Three airports in the Montreal area can be considered when traveling to the Canadian Grand Prix. Pierre Elliot Trudeau Intl (CYUL) is 30 minutes from the race track, Montreal Intl (Mirabel) (CYMX) is about one hour from the track, and St. Hubert (CYHU) is an approximately 30-minute ride from the race circuit. All three are Airports of Entry (AOEs).
2. CYUL is first choice for the venue
CYUL operates 24 hours for Stage 3 aircraft of less than 45,000 kg. Aircraft that are Stage 3 but weigh more than 45,000 kg are banned for arrivals and departures between 0100-0700 local. Stage 2 aircraft may operate 0700-2330 local for arrivals and 0700-2300 local for departures. Customs is available 24/7 at this location. Best practice is to request aircraft parking early, as traffic volumes will be elevated during the Canada Grand Prix period. Airport authorities haven’t imposed any airport slot requirements for this event. With prior arrangement, ground handling and 4th-party services can be set up via credit.
3. CYMX is another good option
CYMX is a 24-hour AOE with no requirement for either airport slots or PPRs. Ground handling and 4th-party services can be arranged in advance via credit. Customs is available for general aviation but is only available for aircraft with a maximum number 15 of people (crew and passengers) onboard. Normal customs operating hours are 0800-1700 local, seven days a week, with overtime available until 2000 local with prior arrangement. Note that overtime charges apply for all after-hours customs requests.
4. CYHU doesn’t have customs on weekends
CYHU is a 24/7 ; however, customs is only available Monday-Friday, -2200 local and is closed on weekends and holidays. If you’re scheduled for an international arrival outside of normal customs hours, you will need to operate to CYUL.
5. Landing permits are required for charter flights to Canada
Requirements for charter operations into and out of Canada depend on many different variables. For more information on charter landing permits, please visit our article titled "Canada Permit Requirement for Bizav Operators."
6. Additional information for Canada
Canada has cabotage issues to consider, and regulations pertain to both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights. For more information on cabotage regulations for Canada, please see our article titled "Canadian Cabotage and Business Aviation: 6 Things you Need to Know."
7. Confirm hotel and local transport arrangements as early as possible
Montreal has a good selection of 4- and 5-star hotels, including large international chains. Best practice is to book these hotel accommodations as early as possible, due to high demand during the Canadian Grand Prix period. If you’re not familiar with the local area, it’s best to avoid rental vehicles, due to traffic issues and possible road closures during the event period. Prepaid local transport (car with driver) is the preferred option for many business aircraft operators, and your ground handler will be able to assist with those arrangements.
8. Check online for additional information
More information on Canada F1 Grand Prix 2013 – race dates, schedules and ticket purchase options – can be found on the Formula 1 website.
We do not envision significant operating or aircraft parking issues, even for short-notice or last-minute operations to the Montreal area during the Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix period. However, to secure best parking and hotel accommodations, it’s recommended to begin trip planning as soon as schedule is known.
About Greg Linton
Greg Linton, Manager of the Echo and Large Aircraft Team, is known as a solutions-oriented problem solver. He’s also known as an expert on operations around the globe, particularly to Europe, Africa and China. Since joining Universal in 2000, Greg has facilitated more than 9,100 trip legs. He has represented Universal at numerous industry tradeshows and conventions including the European Business Aviation Association Conference & Exhibition and the National Business Aviation Association Conference. Greg has also been interviewed for and contributed articles to many industry publications. Prior to joining Universal, Greg served as an aircraft maintenance administration supervisor in the United States Marine Corps. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He can be reached at email@example.com.
About Christine Vamvakas
An FAA-Licensed Dispatcher, Christine Vamvakas is an expert in all areas of trip support services, including TSA Waivers, international visa requirements, aircraft fuel ranges, operations in Greece, and charter operations throughout Europe. A native of Greece, Christine is fluent in Greek and has more than a decade’s experience working in trip support services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Having served as Master Trip Owner and Team Lead for Universal’s Charter Management Team, Christine has facilitated thousands of international trip legs and uses that experience in her role as Universal’s Operations Communications Manager. Christine holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expert commentary has been included in multiple business aviation publications. You can reach Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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