Spanish Grand Prix 2013 – a Quick Rundown of Information for Your Trip Planning

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Spanish Grand Prix 2013 – a Quick Rundown of Information for Your Trip Planning

Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana is coming soon, May 10-12, at the Catalonia circuit just north of Barcelona. The first Spanish Grand Prix was held in 1913 and the event has only grown in popularity over the years. It’s important to begin working with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler as soon as possible, particularly for short-notice trips.

1. Primary airports to consider for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana race

The racetrack is situated between Barcelona (LEBL) and Gerona (LEGE), making those airports the preferred options. Of the two airports, LEGE is recommended, as it has less traffic than LEBL and it’s closer to the track. Due to increased traffic at both airports over the Formula 1 period, it’s recommended that Prior Permission Required (PPR), along with any aircraft services, be requested well in advance.

Barcelona (LEBL)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: will be needed for the event
  • Airport slots: Required for all arrival and departures. Deviation: +/- 20 minutes
  • Parking: available
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available and aviation fuel cards accepted
  • In-catering: available

Notes:

A PPR will be needed for this event with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Maximum stay on the ground is 96 hours. Any length of stay greater than 96 hours must be approved by the airport authorities.

Airport slots should be requested at least three days prior to arrival. If slots are no longer needed, they must be cancelled, as the airport may impose a penalty. The ground handler can assist with airport slot requests.

To avoid delays, advise your ground handler in advance of any services that are needed for your trip.

Hangar space isn’t available at this airport.

It’s recommended that operators bring their own chocks onboard the aircraft, as chocks can run out during the peak season.

Customs is cleared at the general aviation terminal, and the clearance process takes approximately five minutes, depending on traffic.

It’s recommended to provide at least 24 hours’ notice for all in-flight catering orders.

Gerona (LEGE)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Required for all aircraft with at least 3 hours’ notice
  • Airport slots: Required for all arrival and departures. Deviation: +/- 30 minutes
  • Parking: available
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available and aviation fuel cards accepted
  • In-catering: available

Notes:

A PPR is required for all operations to this airport per permanent notice to airmen (NOTAM) for general and business aviation traffic. For the PPR, you must submit the following details: aircraft registration and type; full schedule, including departure and destination airports; and ground handling agent details. The ground handler can assist with the PPR request.

Airport slots should be requested as soon as the schedule is known. If slots are no longer needed, they must be cancelled, as the airport may impose a penalty. The ground handler can assist with airport slot requests.

Customs will be cleared at the main terminal. The process takes approximately five minutes, depending on traffic.

2. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits are needed

Charter permits are required for all charter operations to Spain. Spanish Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires four working days to process charter landing permit requests. Short-notice requests may be possible at the discretion of CAA. Documentation requirements for charter permits depend on if you operate three or fewer trips per season (winter or summer) or four or more trips per season. Best practice is to contact your 3rd-party provider, in advance, to confirm charter permit requirements.

3. Consider hotel and transport options

Hotel availability is relatively good in the LEBL area. However, there are fewer hotel options at LEGE. It may be difficult to source acceptable short-notice hotel options in the LEGE area. Note that during the busy Spanish Grand Prix period, many hotels require full pre-payment, and extended cancellation policies may be in effect.

Pre-paid transportation (car with driver) is recommended during the Spanish Grand Prix period. As there will be heavy traffic, possible road closures and a general lack of parking in the area, rental vehicles are not recommended.

4. Additional information

Additional information on the Spanish Grand Prix can be found at the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana website.

Conclusion

Your chosen ground handler will be the best source for recommendations on available options in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodations and local transportation needs.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article, contact me at greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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An original member of the Universal Trip Support Services Team Europe, Master Trip Owner Greg Linton 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 greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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