BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 1: Airports, Parking & PPRs
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 email@example.com.
This is part one of a two-article series on operations to Venice for the Carnival.
One of the largest annual events in Venice – the Carnival – takes place January 23 – February 9. As this is a particularly busy time in the city it’s best to make aircraft parking and service requests early and to confirm crew accommodations well in advance. Venice changes completely during this period – with decorative lighting throughout and many people in masks and costumes.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. High traffic considerations
We expect a significant increase in general aviation (GA) traffic during the Carnival period, and it’s possible that parking availability at Venice (LIPZ) may be an issue. A general increase in travelers to Venice over this period will put high demand on both preferred hotel accommodations and local transport options.
2. LIPZ parking
During this time of year there could be some parking issues at LIPZ. The airport has 15 parking stands normally dedicated to GA in areas 500 and 600. During the winter months parking stands located in the remote area (DE ICING BAY) are used for aircraft deicing, therefore reducing the number of parking stands available for GA.
Note that additional parking spots on the commercial side (normally six to seven spots) may, upon request, be used for mid-sized GA aircraft.
3. PPR considerations
Prior permission required (PPR) is needed for GA operations into LIPZ, and there’s no official minimum lead time to request this. However, keep in mind that the earlier your PPR is requested the better. When requesting a PPR, a fixed schedule is needed as to-be-advised (TBA) schedules will not be accepted by airport authorities.
4. Applying for PPR
To apply for a PPR, your request should be emailed to your ground handler. For handling and PPR requests you’ll need to provide:
- name and address of operator
- aircraft type, registration, and call sign
- arrival/departure times
- origin/destination of flight
- a valid tax ID number, in the case of European Union (EU) based operators
Airport authorities need all above information in order to process the request.
5. Aircraft parking – the finer points
GA parking at LIPZ is provided based on availability, and there’s no maximum time restriction on parking. If parking is not possible at the requested time airport authorities will advise on other parking options. Once a parking request has been approved a confirmation will be issued, and this must be placed in Remarks section 18 of your flight plan. If this confirmation is not noted in your flight plan, air traffic control (ATC) will ask for your PPR number.
6. Parking revisions
Revision requests for parking at LIPZ will cancel out any parking that has already been confirmed, and your request will go to the end of the queue. Therefore, it’s always best not to request any parking revisions until after you’ve landed at LIPZ. Please note that in case of NOTAMs published for urgent maintenance, even confirmed PPRs can be denied.
7. GAT operating hours
LIPZ has a general aviation terminal (GAT) with a VIP lounge that’s open 0600-2200 local but with no overtime available. If you’re operating outside of the GAT hours, you’ll be handled at the main terminal. For late night operations it’s important to notify your ground handler prior to 2200 local. Note that there are additional handling charges for night operations and fuel uplifts need to be requested in advance, as fewer personnel are available during late night hours.
8. Alternate airports
If overnight parking is not possible at LIPZ, Treviso (LIPH) and Verona (LIPX) are good close by alternates. As these locations may restrict length of stay for GA operations, we recommend either Milan Malpensa (LIMC) or Milan Linate (LIML) as alternates, as both have plenty of parking available. From time to time LIML puts out NOTAMs advising of night closures – either total closures or closures for all but humanitarian and emergency flights –, but LIMC does not have these issues. All four of the above recommended alternates are 24-hour airports of entry (AOEs).
9. Airway slot and A-CDM requirements
Although airport slots are not needed for LIPZ, operators must obtain airway slots from Eurocontrol. Be mindful that LIPZ is now working with Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM). Although A-CDM is still in a trial phase at LIPZ, these requirements are expected to be fully implemented/mandated soon. For more information on A-CDM see our article: Overview of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) in Italy. It’s important for GA operators to use ground handlers intimately familiar with local airport procedures and A-CDM requirements as errors in these processes can create long delays.
It’s recommended that PPRs for LIPZ be requested as soon as your schedule with dates and times is known. Avoid making PPR or parking revisions until you’re on the ground at LIPZ, so as not to unnecessarily lose confirmations you already have. Also, ensure that hotels are booked in advance to avoid issues closer to the day of operation.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Italy, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.