Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) – Part 2: Airport Information, Parking & Fuel
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 business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) – Part 1: Permits, PPRs & CIQ.“
Venice (LIPZ) has a good quality general aviation terminal (GAT) facility located close to water taxi transport options to local hotels. It’s important, however, to be mindful of GAT operating hours, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance options and fuel uplift restrictions whenever operating to this location.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Airport and GAT hours
LIPZ operates 24/7 unless advised otherwise by NOTAM. The GAT here normally operates 0600-2200 local. GAT overtime is possible, upon request, to extend operating hours to 0500-2359 local. If you’re operating outside these hours you’ll need to use the main commercial terminal rather than the GAT.
2. Preferred operating hours
When flying to LIPZ it’s best to do so during GAT operating hours. Otherwise, all arrangements must be made via the main terminal and everything will take longer to complete.
3. Fuel considerations
Fuel services are available at LIPZ 0600-2300 local. Overtime may be requested for fuel uplifts, and an additional fee is involved. However, it’s at the fueler’s discretion to approve/disapprove the request. It’s recommended that crew arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure to ensure sufficient time is allowed for fuel uplift. Fueling at LIPZ by local regulation can only be done on the day of departure and not upon arrival.
4. Parking availability
There are currently 14 aircraft parking spots available at LIPZ for general aviation (GA). Most of these parking positions require a push back with only a couple being power in/power out. You must have a PPR in order to park, and parking extensions after arrival may or may not be possible. Requests to extend parking are on a first-come-first-serve basis, and your request will be put in line with other parking requests. There’s no hangar space available at LIPZ for transient GA operations.
5. Parking considerations
Parking spots at LIPZ generally accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Bombardier GLEX or Gulfstream G650, with a few able to handle an Airbus ACJ or Boeing BBJ. Fees for aircraft parking are calculated based on time on the ground. While wingspan and maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) do not impact cost of parking at LIPZ, this does affect ground handling charges.
6. Alternate airports
If parking becomes an issue for your intended operation to LIPZ alternates to consider include Milan Linate (LIML) and Milan Malpensa (LIMC), where there’s plenty of GA parking available. Drive time between Milan and Venice is 2-2.5 hours, and there’s a helicopter service available. Other, closer, alternates to consider are Treviso (LIPH) and Trieste (LIPQ), but these locations are also beginning to have parking issues. LIPH has heavy scheduled commercial traffic movements, and this is always given priority. LIPQ has high traffic during summer months, and parking availability here can be a concern for GA operators. Note that LIPH needs a prior permission required (PPR). Although LIPQ does not mandate a PPR, parking approval must be requested from airport authorities. All of the above alternates are 24 hour airports of entry (AOE) with full support services for GA.
7. Peak periods for Venice
Certain local events increase congestion in Venice and can put strains on GA parking. These events include the Carnival in February and the Biennale Exhibition which occurs every two years and runs from May through November. The next Biennale Exhibition is in 2017, and highest travel demand will take place May and June.
8. Ground/water transport arrangements
Most hotels in Venice are on the water, and water taxi options are generally preferred when landing at LIPZ. We recommend letting your handler know your hotels in advance so that the best local transport options can be arranged. In some cases Venice hotels provide shuttle services to/from the airport. In terms of water taxis there are both public and private options available with private water taxis usually charging $100+ USD.
9. Hotel options
During winter months plan on about $150 USD/night for 4-star crew accommodations in Venice. Depending on hotel location and amenities room prices generally increase to $250-300 USD/night during peak summer periods.
10. Additional operating considerations
At LIPZ it’s recommended that operators obtain catering via a designated in-flight caterer rather than directly from a hotel or restaurant. There is because of a local requirement that all catering may only be brought airside by certified catering providers. If you’ve not sourced your catering from a designated in-flight caterer you may not be able to bring it through security at LIPZ. Be aware that labor strikes occur from time to time in Italy so it’s best to check on this prior to day of operation. Strike activity is usually notified, via NOTAM, two days in advance.
Take note of the parking considerations for travel to LIPZ including high peak periods that may affect your flight. There are alternates in the area to consider when parking is an issue for this airport. Also, it’s important to note that there are fuel operating hours for this airport, and overtime will need to be requested for night time operations.
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.