This is a post by author Stefano Bruno. Stefano is the station manager for Universal Aviation Italy – Milan-Linate, which has Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) and ground support locations at Rome (LIRA), Venice (LIPZ), Milan-Linate (LIML), and Milan-Malpensa (LIMC). Stefano is an expert on business aircraft operations in Italy. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Part 1: Airports and Parking.”
While landing permits for Italy are only required for charter (non-scheduled commercial) procedures involved and lead time required for such permits can be quite onerous. You also need to be aware of airport slots and Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) procedures when traveling to either Milan airports.
If you are operating to Milan for any of the four Fashion Weeks in 2017 (Jan 21-27, Feb 22-28, Jun 17-20 or Sep 20-27), the following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Permit requirements
Overflight permits are not required for Italy, and private non-revenue operations do not need landing permits. If you’re operating a charter flight to Italy with a non-EU registered aircraft, a landing permit becomes necessary. Landing permits, valid for a period of one year, involve lead times of about 45 days. Be aware that you must have Third Country Operator (TCO) approval prior to applying for an Italian landing permit. However, in practice Italian authorities usually allow charter operators to make application for annual charter permits so long as their TCO application is in process with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Note that it’s still at Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile’s (ENAC’s) discretion to approve requests without the actual TCO approval. For more information on charter permits, please see our articles:
- Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 1 of 2: General Requirements
- Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 2 of 2: Approval Process
2. Ground handling
LIML’s GAT is conveniently located on the West GA ramp, and it’s usually just a 200 meter or so walk from the assigned parking spots to the GAT. LIMC also provides ground handling services 24/7, but there’s no GAT at this location and no dedicated GA parking area.
3. Slot, PPR and ACDM requirements
Neither Milan airport has airport slot or prior permission required (PPR) mandates, but ACDM is in place at both LIML and LIMC. Note that ACDM is applicable only for departures. This process is designed to better match flight plan departure times with off-the-block times. Your ground handler will assist in making required Target of Block Time (TOBT) requests, and this process usually takes no more than two minutes once passengers are onboard. Should you encounter a flight delay it’s not usually an issue to move requested block times forward or back to suit changing schedules.
4. Hotel options
Both LIML and LIMC have 4- and 5-star international chain hotel options available close to the airports—and, in some cases, just by the main terminal. While these properties do not usually sell out, preferred hotels in central Milan may be unavailable during Milan Fashion Weeks. Expect to pay 85-180 Euros for 4-star crew accommodations near the airport and 150-250 Euros for preferred 4- star properties close to city center Fashion Week venues.
5. Local transport
For local transport during Fashion Week we recommend prepaid transport (car with driver) or public taxis arranged by either your ground handler or hotel. Rental cars can be obtained at the main terminal of either Milan airport. Also, there’s one rental car provider who will bring vehicles to the GAT at LIML.
6. Additional reading: Operating to Milan during Fashion Week – Series Index
Note: Links will be updated as articles are published.
- Part 1 – Airports and aircraft parking
- Part 2 – Permits, ground handling, and local area
- Part 3 – Customs, immigration, and Zika procedures
Landing permits are only required for charter operators, but having the appropriate documentation including a TCO for non-EU operators is very important. While ACDM procedures at Milan’s two airports are not considered particularly beneficial for GA purposes, the process is relatively easy to manage and coordinate, with the assistance of your ground handler.
Stay tuned for Part 3, which covers customs, immigration, and Zika information when traveling to Milan for Fashion Week.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Italy, contact me at email@example.com.
About Stefano Bruno
Stefano Bruno has been with Universal Aviation Italy – Milan-Linate since 2002 and has held the position of station manager since 2011. His areas of expertise include all aspects of handling supervision, as well as FBO management and technical support. Stefano is highly skilled in and familiar with general trip planning and operating procedures at Milan, across Italy, and throughout Europe. He’s developed extensive business connections throughout the Italian and European operating arenas and has the ability to simplify the operating experience for his clients while taking all steps necessary to ensure success of their particular missions. Stefano has a technical aviation diploma and served with the Rome-based presidential guard squadron of the Italian army. He’s fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish. Stefano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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