Business Aviation Planning Tips: Venice Film Festival 2015
This is a post by author Gheri Armano. Gheri is the supervisory representative for Universal Aviation Italy – Venice, which has fixed-base operator and ground support locations at Rome (LIRA), Venice (LIPZ), Milan-Linate (LIML), and Milan-Malpensa (LIMC). Gheri is an expert on business aircraft operations in Italy. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
The annual Venice Film Festival takes place September 2-12, 2015. This event typically attracts General Aviation (GA) traffic during a time that’s still considered high season for the region. It’s recommended that operators heading to the 2015 Venice Film Festival make arrangements for aircraft parking and hotel accommodations as soon as schedule is known.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Parking availability at LIPZ
Venice (LIPZ) has 14 parking stands for GA aircraft with overflow parking in certain cases accommodated on commercial stands. The earlier a parking request is made, the better your parking options will be. Since May 2015 construction activity has been taking place on the airfield, and this has temporarily reduced GA parking capacity, forcing operators to use alternate airports from time to time. This airside construction activity is expected to be completed in late August or early September of this year.
2. Parking considerations
Parking at LIPZ is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Once a parking request is confirmed, you’ll be provided with a confirmation number, and this must be placed in Remarks section 18 of your International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan. Operators should anticipate higher traffic congestion and restricted availability of parking, during peak summer season May-September, in addition to the timeframe of this event.
3. LIPZ operating considerations
Airport slots are not required for LIPZ, but a Prior Permission Required (PPR) must be obtained for parking purposes. There’s no official maximum length of stay in terms of GA parking. While scheduled commercial activity takes priority at this location, delays are seldom encountered by GA. Fuel is readily available, with two different suppliers on the field, and all fuel uplifts are accomplished with trucks.
4. PPR requirements
PPR is needed for all flights to LIPZ, and a special online form must be used for these requests. Required information includes: address of operator, aircraft type, registration and call sign, arrival/departure times, and origin/destination of flight. European Union (EU)- registered operators must provide their value-added tax number, but this is not a requirement for non-EU-based operators. Be aware that all PPR, parking, and handling requests must include address of the operator. If this address, along with other required information, is not submitted with a PPR application, the airport authority will not consider the request.
5. CIQ considerations
In the case of international arrivals, from outside the EU, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance is usually done within the main terminal at LIPZ. Your ground handler will transport passengers to the terminal. They’ll stay in the vehicle while the handler takes passports inside for clearance. It’s possible to arrange clearance at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT); however, this takes advance arrangement as it’s at the discretion of CIQ to bring agents in from the main terminal. Be mindful that certain nationalities require Schengen visas to enter Italy. These visas, when required, must be arranged prior to arrival as no visas will be processed on arrival. Note that flight crews do not need to go through passport control at any time. The ground handler will take crew members directly to the GAT and from there to their pre-arranged transportation.
6. Hotel accommodations
Hotels are in high demand in Venice during September and particularly during the Film Festival period. Preferred accommodations are in central Venice, as well as the Lido area, just across the water, where many top attendees and sponsors will be staying. Expect hotel prices to be higher during this period and for extended cancellation policies and/or non-refundable terms to be in place.
7. Local transport
Private and public water taxis are available outside the LIPZ GAT and throughout Venice. Depending upon demand, however, you may experience delays in sourcing water taxi services unless arrangements have been made in advance. For travel to and from Venice, as well as travel between central Venice and the Lido area, it’s best to have your handler pre-book water taxi services. This helps ensure quality and that water taxis are available and ready on time.
8. Alternate airports
Closest alternate airports to LIPZ are Treviso (LIPH) and Trieste (LIPQ) – both at a drive of about 30 minutes from Venice. Milan Linate (LIML) has plenty of GA parking available and is also a recommended alternate although it’s a 2.5-hour drive to Venice. LIML has a full-service GAT, but LIPH and LIPQ do not have GATs on the fields. Full aircraft services, fuel uplifts, in-flight catering, and credit are available at all of these alternates with prior arrangement. If a crew does not need to be in Venice for the Festival, or for crew accommodations, LIML is usually the best parking alternate.
9. In-flight catering tips
While in-flight catering services are available at LIPZ, it’s best to use private catering sources at this location. Catering requests should be placed at least 24 hours in advance and coordinated via your ground handler. As the GAT has limited refrigeration options, it’s standard practice to have catering delivered directly to the aircraft close to the estimated time of departure. Your handler can help orchestrate that.
10. EU Emission Trading Scheme
Intra-EU flights (flights departing and arriving within the EU) are required to comply with the EU Emission Trading Scheme (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.
The Venice Film Festival does not normally create GA parking issues at LIPZ, but this is the high-traffic season for this destination, so parking may become an issue for operators. For preferred accommodation options and to avoid the possibility of having to reposition your aircraft to an alternate airport, it’s always recommended to make parking and accommodation arrangements as early as possible.
If you have any questions or would like assistance planning your next trip to Venice, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.