Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Slots, Permits, and PPRs
This is a post by author Dimitra Kiriakopoulou. Dimitra is the operations and customer care director for Universal Aviation Greece – Athens, which has an aircraft ground-handling facility in Athens. Dimitra is an expert on business aircraft operations in Greece and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating in Greece and continues from our last article: "Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security."
For business aircraft operating to Greece, permits and Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) are required in certain situations and at some airports. In all cases, however, you’ll need to request parking permission in advance. It’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler to determine these requirements prior to day of operation.
The following is an overview of what you need to know about airport slots, permits, and PPRs when operating your business aircraft to Greece:
1. Airport slots are not needed
General aviation operations do not require airport slots for Greece. Airport slots are only required for scheduled commercial airline operations when more than 40% of a particular airport’s capacity is in use.
2. PPR is needed in some cases
PPR is needed in Greece for private non-revenue operations to military airports. In the case of charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights operating under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), no PPR is required. When a PPR is required, your ground handler will need four working days’ prior notice and full crew/passenger passport information. When the PPR is approved, a protocol number will be provided, and this should be added to remarks section 18 of your flight plan.
3. Light aircraft may have special requirements
Athens (LGAV) is a special case in that private aircraft under a maximum takeoff weight of 12,566 pounds (lbs.) (5,700 kilograms [kg]) require PPR year-round. This is due to limited parking spots available for this type of aircraft. PPR for light aircraft will only be issued the day before the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and are granted for a maximum period of three days. It may be possible to renew parking permission for another three days based on parking availability. PPR exemptions are in place for some light aircraft – rotorcraft and aero medical flight landings – due to safety or technical reasons, and AOC holders.
4. Parking options are available for light aircraft
Depending on size of the light (under 5,700 kg) aircraft, there may be other parking spots that can be allocated. Very small aircraft, however, usually cannot park in these spaces, as there are no aircraft binding points available. Even if overnight parking is not available, fuel stops and quick turnarounds with just a few hours on the ground are always permitted.
5. Temporary PPRs may be implemented
During busy high-season periods, some airports may institute temporary PPR requirements. Corfu (LGKR) for example put a PPR in place last summer. Keep in mind that parking for any airport in Greece must be requested in advance. While this is not technically a PPR requirement, and no confirmation number is provided, you’ll need to have parking permission for any operation to Greece.
6. Know the PPR request procedure
PPR requests are sent by your ground handler or 3rd-party provider to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Athens, and no special request format is required. For AOC holders wanting to land at military airports in Greece, requests are addressed only to local military authorities. Keep in mind that your aircraft’s specific registry must be clearly linked to AOC. If your AOC covers a fleet of aircraft, you’ll need to send a certificate of registry or some other official document, confirming that the aircraft in question is a part of the AOC holder’s fleet.
7. Be aware of lead times for parking requests
If a PPR is required, plan on four days’ lead time when submitting requests. Aircraft parking request lead time for non-military airfields – where no PPR is required – will be advised by local airport authorities. In some cases Notices to Airmen will be issued, advising that operators need to apply for parking 12, 24, or 48 hours in advance of the ETA. Airport authorities will, however, deal with all aircraft parking requests no matter when the requests are received.
8. Stage 2 aircraft operations are restricted
Stage 2 aircraft operations are generally not accepted in Greece. In special cases only a permit may be requested for operation of a Stage 2 aircraft. This permit, if it is issued, will be issued by Greece and not the EU.
9. Know charter and cabotage issues
No permit is required for EU-registered charter aircraft operating to, from, and within Greece. Non-EU registered airlines need a permit to operate to Greece, but non-EU registered charter flights do not require a permit. Cabotage regulations apply to all non-EU registered aircraft, and domestic charter legs are not permitted within Greece by non-EU registered aircraft. Private flights operating within Greece are not affected by cabotage issues.
10. Additional reading: "Business Aircraft Operations in Greece" series index
Links will be added as new articles are published.
- Part 1 – Airports Ops
- Part 2 – Ground handling
- Part 3 – CIQ
- Part 4 – Fuel, Security, and Other Services
- Part 5 – Permits and PPRs
- Part 6 – Flight Planning and Weather
- Part 7 – Hotels and Local Area
Be sure to comply with lead time requirements when requesting permits, PPRs, and aircraft parking permission for Greece. Special limitations apply to charter aircraft operating within Greece, and it’s important to confirm applicable restrictions with your 3rd-party provider.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Greece, contact me at email@example.com.
Later, we’ll discuss flight planning and weather for Greece and their impact on your trip.