Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Jet Fuel, Security, and Additional Service Considerations
This is a post by author Mark Shiels. Mark is the general manager for Universal Aviation Ireland – Dublin. Mark is an expert on business aircraft operations in Dublin and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to Dublin, Ireland and continues from our last article entitled "Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Airport Slots."
If you are a business aircraft operator traveling to Dublin (EIDW), you should be aware of the local fueling and security processes prior to your visit. For instance, when requesting fuel for either destination or tech stop, always provide advance notification and do your due diligence, as ground handler fuel trucks may be restrictive in terms of the aviation fuel cards they’ll accept, and commercial fuelers may, at times, run behind schedule. Below is an overview of what you need to know:
1. What’s the fuel uplift process at EIDW?
Fuel is available 24/7 and is obtained by truck from an on-airport fuel farm. It’s important to note that no hydrant facilities are available at this airfield.
Business aircraft operators have choices in fuel suppliers. You may use commercial fuelers. However, priority is given to scheduled commercial ops, and General Aviation (GA) delays can, at times, be up to two hours. The faster and more reliable option is to use a ground handler’s fuel truck, but the acceptance of aviation fuel cards may be an issue in some circumstances.
2. How often are aviation fuel prices posted?
Aviation fuel prices are posted weekly, and prices can change just as frequently. Only certain aviation fuel cards are accepted – in the case of fuel delivered by ground handler equipment. Operators also have the option of paying with cash or consumer credit cards (a 2% fee will be added) at posted fuel prices. Value-Added Tax (VAT) is only charged on fuel uplifts for intra-Ireland flights by private non-revenue aircraft.
3. Are there other fuel considerations at EIDW?
Expect fuel delays if operating during peak scheduled commercial periods when not using a ground handler fuel truck. If your aircraft is parked overnight at EIDW, and you plan on departing during peak hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or day prior to departure. Fuel testing can be arranged at the operator’s request. Charter operators can exempt VAT on domestic operations within Ireland if they show an Air Operator’s Certificate.
4. Are there rental car facilities available?
Rental cars are available at EIDW, and your ground handler can coordinate these arrangements with a credit card from your operation. (If you plan to rent a car, keep in mind that the Irish drive on the left side of the road.)
5. In-flight catering option considerations?
There’s one in-flight caterer available on the airport. Most GA operators, however, use an off-airport caterer, as there are better selections and higher-end catering options. Catering menus are available online or in the form of printed menus.
6. Is planeside pickup possible?
Vehicle access airside, for planeside pickup/drop off, is usually restricted to government head of state or medical emergency flights. For government flights, arrangements should be made in advance with the relevant embassy, and vehicle registration information must be provided to the ground handler (unless vehicles are entering the ramp under police escort).
7. How secure is this airport?
Unarmed airport police patrol the airport perimeter and all ramp areas 24/7. Security cameras cover the entire airport. Operators can arrange 24-hour round-the-clock aircraft security, but only one company is licensed to provide this service, and its personnel are unarmed.
8. Is ramp access well controlled?
Yes, your ground handler can assist in arranging any temporary airside passes needed for aviation maintenance technicians and other necessary personnel. These visitors must be under escort at all times. Passes are issued by the Access Identification Office, valid for one to three days, and may be extended by the sergeant on duty at the airport police office. Additionally, there’s a dedicated screening point between landside and airside for passengers/crew. Crew arriving on the day of departure with company IDs do not require permits or passes to enter airside.
9. Any security considerations for tech stops?
If passengers on a tech stop wish to go into the terminal – or visit duty-free shops – they need to be screened by security. This can add to your time on the ground and may cause delays. During fueling, passengers may remain onboard. In the situation of a handicapped passenger remaining onboard during a fueling, a stand-by fire truck is mandatory, and the charge is 300 Euros for this service.
Airport security is good at EIDW without being arduous. For well-prepared business aviation operators, EIDW is a great stop in terms of service options and offers a friendly Irish welcome to passengers and crew.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Dublin, contact me at email@example.com.