Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

This business aviation blog post is the first of a two-part series on operating to the Venice Carnival.

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

The Carnival of Venice 2018 is an annual celebration of music, culture and costumes and it takes place Jan 27-Feb 15 on Venice island. If you’re attending via general aviation (GA) it’s best to make parking, aircraft support and crew accommodations arrangements as soon as the schedule is known. This is a one-of-a-kind winter venue to enjoy parades, music in the streets and masked regattas.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Dates and venue

The Venice Carnival takes place on the island of Venice, with the opening gala Jan 27 and closing events on Feb 13. We anticipate strong international attendance throughout but GA movements will likely be most robust during beginning and closing events. Expect higher than normal volume of GA departures out of Venice (LIPZ) throughout the day on Friday Feb 16.

2. Preferred airport

LIPZ is located just across the water from Venice island and is the primary airport for this event. This is a 24/7 airport of entry (AOE) with no published curfews. A general aviation terminal (GAT) is open daily 0600-2200 local with overtime available upon request. Full GA support services, fuel and credit are available at this location. Note that LIPZ has become a much busier airport over the past couple of years. Peak times of scheduled commercial activity to avoid here are 1100-1400 local daily.

3. Slots and PPRs

LIPZ has no airport slot requirements but prior permission required (PPR) is needed, with minimum recommended lead time of 24-48 hours. PPR requests should specify operator name, aircraft registration, crew and passenger details, intended length of stay and value added tax (VAT) number if applicable.

4. Parking availability

We do not anticipate GA parking availability to be an issue during the Carnival of Venice 2018. At last year’s event LIPZ was busier than normal but all aircraft were accommodated. Extended parking is possible at this location, based on PPR request and approval. For an extended stay it’s important to specify this in your initial PPR request. The airport authority will provide approval or denial, based on what’s available. LIPZ normally has 25 GA parking stands available but this reduces to about 15 or so during winter as some stands are converted to de-ice areas. The good news is if the GA stands fill up it’s often possible to obtain parking on the commercial side. The local airport authority is supportive of GA and GA parking needs.

5. Longer term parking

Longer parking stays can be requested with your PPR submission and are not usually an issue. However, such requests depend upon availability. We recently had a request turned down for a 10 day stay at LIPZ. Note that it’s often feasible to obtain five to seven days parking during Carnival period at the airport’s discretion.

6. Larger aircraft

Be mindful that parking for larger aircraft, including Gulfstream G650, ACJs and BBJs is limited at LIPZ. Currently there are only two large aircraft GA parking stands available. There may be options to park on the commercial side of the field, at discretion of the airport authority. Treviso (LIPH) has some limited ability to accommodate large GA aircraft but another option where there are no real issues is at Milan (LIML).

7. Alternate airports

We recommend LIPH and Trieste (LIPQ) as parking alternates if you’re not able to organize parking at LIPZ. Both are 24 hour AOEs with parking, fuel, full GA support services and adequate ground support equipment (GSE). Slots are not needed for these locations but PPRs are mandated, with suggested lead time of 24-48 hours. LIPQ has no GAT but LIPH has a dedicated GA entrance to the main terminal. Although these are smaller airfields GA parking has never been much of an issue. Some operators may wish to consider LIML as a parking alternate. Drive times from LIPH, LIPQ and LIML to Venice are about 30 minutes, 60-90 minutes and 2.5 hours respectively.


LIPZ is a straight-forward operating destination with efficient services and we anticipate sufficient parking to accommodate all GA traffic to this year’s Carnival. Confirm your PPR as soon as possible, notify your handler of all service requirements and take the time to enjoy the city, lifestyle and architecture.

Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers landing permits, customs and immigration when traveling to Venice.


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