Gonzalo Barona

With more than three decades of experience in business aviation and ground support, Gonzalo Barona, Managing Director, Universal Aviation Spain, is an expert on all aspects of operations to Spain. Gonzalo, who is based in Madrid, has been with Universal since the 1970s and has coordinated ground support and logistics for thousands of operations in that time.

Gonzalo can be reached at gonzalobarona@universalaviation.aero.

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Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 2 – Operating requirements

Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 2 – Operating requirements

While charter operations should plan on extra lead time when operating to Spain, private flights face minimal procedural and/or documentation challenges. In most cases airport slots for Barcelona (LEBL) are easy to adapt when schedules need to be changed [...]

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has become even more popular as a business and tourism destination over recent years. If you have a trip to this beautiful and culturally inspiring part of the world, it’s something to look forward to. Barcelona (LEBL) is an [...]

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Spain during Summer Months

Operating to Spain during Summer Months

For business aircraft operators, flying to the Mediterranean region of Spain during the summer high season is something to look forward to – particularly if you’re able to secure aircraft parking on arrival. When traveling during busy summer periods, always be sure to arrange Prior [...]

April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Closing of Torrejon Airport Madrid – Changes Happening in February

The Closing of Torrejon Airport Madrid – Changes Happening in February

After years of enjoying easy access to convenient Torrejon (LETO), general aviation (GA) operators are losing ability to use the popular airfield. LETO is about to close to all aviation movements other than approved military flights [...]

January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Spain: Planning for Hotels, Ground Transport, Visas, and Local Culture

Business Aviation in Spain: Planning for Hotels, Ground Transport, Visas, and Local Culture

A business-aviation trip to Spain can be a great experience for both passengers and crew. The Spanish people are among the most hospitable in the world, cuisine and wines are superb, and hotel options are excellent. There are still some things you need to be aware of before [...]

January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operations to Spain: Flight Permits, PPRs and Slots

Operations to Spain: Flight Permits, PPRs and Slots

Compared to other regions of the world, Spain’s landing permits, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) and airport slot procedures are relatively uncomplicated, accommodating and flexible in terms of revision. Still, it’s always best practice to work with a 3rd-party provider [...]

January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Spain: Security Considerations

Business Aviation in Spain: Security Considerations

Airport security is usually not an issue in Spain. While private security may, in some cases, be permitted on the ramp, general airport security is more than adequate at all locations [...]

January 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation in Spain: Fuel Considerations

Business Aviation in Spain: Fuel Considerations

While arrangements for fuel uplifts usually go smoothly in Spain, there are considerations to be aware of. Fuel delays may occur in some cases and the price you pay for aviation fuel will be impacted by your fuel credit arrangements. Here is some useful information regarding fueling [...]

December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Understanding CIQ Requirements in Spain for Business Aviation

Understanding CIQ Requirements in Spain for Business Aviation

Customs and security clearance procedures are straightforward and user-friendly for operators arriving in Spain, either from inside or outside the Schengen area. It’s important, however, to be aware of visa and documentation requirements as well as agricultural restrictions. Here are some tips to make your planning [...]

December 20, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation in Spain: Flight Planning and Airport Operations

Business Aviation in Spain: Flight Planning and Airport Operations

Before conducting operations to Spain – or anywhere else, for that matter – it is critical to understand requirements for flight planning, airport slot and parking. Working with an experienced 3rd-party provider and/or local ground handler can be key in getting it right. In addition, charter (non-scheduled commercial) [...]

December 13, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Tips on Making Aircraft Ground Handling Arrangements in Spain

Tips on Making Aircraft Ground Handling Arrangements in Spain

For business aircraft operators, Spain is generally a straightforward operating environment with minimal delays in customs clearance and full services/credit available at most locations. It’s always best to work with your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler to confirm aircraft parking and required services well in advance, particularly during busy summer months. 1. Provide required […]

November 29, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Tips on Picking an Airport in Madrid, Spain for Business Aviation

Tips on Picking an Airport in Madrid, Spain for Business Aviation

Madrid offers two airports for business aircraft: Torrejon (LETO) and Barajas (LEMD). Most operators choose Torrejon (LETO) due to the size of their aircraft. However, depending on your trip, Barajas (LEMD) may be your only option, as it is able to accommodate after-hours’ operations, as well as large General Aviation (GA) aircraft. If you are […]

May 15, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Planning a Trip to the Grand Prix in Spain

Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Planning a Trip to the Grand Prix in Spain

If you are a business aircraft operator and plan to attend Grand Prix events in Spain this year, now is the time to make arrangements and request services. These popular events can put a strain on local infrastructure, and best options for landing permits, aircraft parking, hotels, and other services will go to those who […]

April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More