Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013 – Trip Planning Tips

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Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013 – Trip Planning Tips

This is a post by author Lorena Carraro. Lorena is Managing Director for Universal Aviation Italy, which has FBO and ground support locations at Rome (LIRA), Venice (LIPZ), Milan-Linate (LIML) and Milan-Malpensa (LIMC). Lorena is acting Member of the Board of the Italian Business Aviation Association and an expert on business aircraft operations in Italy. She can be contacted at lorenacarraro@universalaviation.aero.

The 2013 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix runs September 6-8 at the Monza Circuit. Monza has been an integral part of Formula 1 since its inception in 1950. Monza lies just south of Lake Como. This promises to be yet another busy event, bringing a large amount of General Aviation (GA) traffic into Italy. Business aircraft operators planning on flying into Italy around the time of this event need to begin working with their 3rd-party provider, and ground handler, as soon as possible – particularly for short-notice trips. Here is a general overview of what you should be aware of:

1. Primary airports to consider for the event

Monza doesn’t have an airport, but there are three airports nearby to consider. Linate (LIML) at 40 minutes from the race track, Bergamo (LIME) is 40 minutes away, and Malpensa (LIMC) is about an hour drive from the Monza circuit. All are Airports of Entry (AOEs). Due to increased traffic at all area airports over the Formula 1 period, it’s recommended that aircraft parking and any related services be requested well in advance.

Linate (LIML)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours for Stage 3 aircraft
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

The airport maintains security 24 hours a day. Supplemental security can be arranged if desired.

Cars are not permitted on the aircraft ramp.

Local customs will perform the tax free refund procedure only after a physical check of all goods purchased. This check is mandatory and must be performed in the presence of the person named on the invoices. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and advance notification is suggested.

There’s a three hour cancellation policy for local transportation arrangements at all Italian airports. To avoid no-show charges when cancelling pre-booked transportation arrangements, contact the transport company a minimum of three hours prior to the estimated time of arrival.

Bergamo (LIME)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours for Stage 3 aircraft
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

This is a joint military/civil airport.

Malpensa (LIMC)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours for Stage 3 aircraft
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

The airport maintains security 24 hours a day. Police patrol the GA area but are not stationed there. Supplemental private aircraft security is available if desired.

2. Obtain necessary charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits

Charter permits are required for all charter operations to Italy. Depending on the number of seats onboard the aircraft, different types of permits are available. For more information on Italian charter permits, please read our article titled "Changes in Italian Charter Flight Permit Regulation – Explained."

3. Consider hotel and transport options

There are many excellent hotel options in the LIML area, including a wide selection of 4- and 5-star accommodations. LIME and LIMC, however, have more limited hotel options. Due to increased traffic during this time period, it’s recommended that accommodations be booked as far in advance as possible.

Pre-paid transportation (car with driver) is recommended during the Italian 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. Comply with European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS)

Intra-EU flights (flights departing and arriving within the European Union) are required to comply with EU-ETS monitoring, reporting and carbon trading requirements. You can read our series on aviation EU-ETS or visit the EU-ETS Resource Center for more information.

5. More on the Grand Prix

Additional information on the 2013 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Monza Circuit can be found at the Italian Formula 1 website.

Conclusion

LIML, with its dedicated GA terminal and good proximity to both central Milan and the Monza Circuit, is often the preferred choice of operators planning to attend the Italian Grand Prix. If you’re operating a widebody aircraft, however, LIMC may be the best option in terms of aircraft parking availability. Arrival, departure and services (aviation fuel, in-flight catering, etc.) will be a smoother and faster process in Milan if you coordinate requirements in advance with your 3rd-party provider or local handler.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article or operating to Italy, contact me at lorenacarraro@universalaviation.aero.

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Universal Aviation Italy Managing Director Lorena Carraro is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on business aviation operations to Italy and Europe. Since joining Universal Aviation in 1986, she has helped manage and grow the company’s presence throughout Italy, which now includes four locations providing service to the entire country. As an acting member of the board of the Italian Business Aviation Association, Lorena, who splits her time among Universal Aviation Italy’s locations, is instrumental in working with government officials on legislation and regulations that maximize the industry’s potential throughout Italy. In addition to being experienced in business aviation, Lorena is fluent in Italian, English, and French. Under her leadership, Universal Aviation Italy locations are frequently listed as some of the best FBOs in Europe as ranked by users of popular industry publications.

Lorena can be reached at lorenacarraro@universalaviation.aero.

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