Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services.

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

As prior permissions required (PPRs) are always needed for Venice (LIPZ) it’s best to request this as soon as schedule is known. PPR specifies your parking approval and duration. While parking approvals and length of stay can be revised upon arrival it’s always best to limit changes during this busy time in Venice.

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

1. CIQ clearance

Customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) is cleared at LIPZ within the general aviation terminal (GAT), during operating hours (0600-2200 local daily) or when GAT overtime has been confirmed. This process typically takes about 10 minutes. For clearance outside GAT hours, when overtime has not been arranged, you’ll clear CIQ within the main terminal. Ground handlers escort you through the process. No prior notice is needed for clearance at LIPZ or Milan (LIML) but 24 hours’ notice is recommended for CIQ arrangements at both Treviso (LIPH) and Trieste (LIPQ).

2. Fuel uplifts

Fuel deliveries are usually on time at LIPZ although there can be delays during busy periods. Note that a private non-revenue flight may only uplift fuel within four hours of departure. However, charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations may uplift upon arrival or at any time up until departure.

3. ACDM procedures

Airport collaborative decision making (ACDM) procedures have been fully implemented at LIPZ, having been introduced back in Jan 2015. This process works smoothly and improves operational efficiency and traffic flows. The goal is to facilitate the aircraft turn around process.

4. Permit requirements

Landing permits are not required in Italy for private non-revenue flights but they are mandated for charter operations.

5. In-flight catering recommendations

Good in-flight catering facilities and options are available at LIPZ. We recommend at minimum 24 hours advance notification for catering uplifts and 48 hour for more custom orders.

6. Crew accommodations

While certain preferred hotels will sell out during Carnival period we can always source good quality crew accommodations, on the island or on the mainland. For 4-star crew accommodations expect to pay 300-450 USD/night on the island and about 200 USD/night on the mainland. It’s best to book accommodations at least three or four weeks in advance.

7. Local transport

Local transport from LIPZ and the mainland to Venice island, and from point to point on Venice island, is accomplished via either public or private water taxis. We recommend private water taxi services as they’re quicker and more reliable. Taking a public water taxi from LIPZ to the island, for instance, could take an hour. There’s a convenient water taxi terminal just adjacent to the GAT at LIPZ. Due to heavy demand over this period private water taxi availability will be limited, so it’s important to book trip as early as possible.

8. Schedule revisions

It’s best to try to avoid revising schedule, PPR and parking once requests have been confirmed. Should you need to revise either schedule or parking dates/times it’s best to provide 24 hours’ notice to your ground handler.


While we do not anticipate a shortage of good quality crew accommodation over the Carnival period be aware that some popular hotels will sell out. Expect private water taxi services to be under high demand throughout the entire event. Ensure that all charter flights have appropriate landing permits when traveling to Italy. Last, its recommended that you arrange overtime for use of the GAT for CIQ clearance when it’s outside of its normal operating hours.


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