Flight Ops to Milan for the Fall Fashion Week 2014

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Flight Ops to Milan for the Fall Fashion Week 2014

This is a post by author Lorena Carraro. Lorena is managing director for Universal Aviation Italy, which has FBO and ground support locations at Rome (LIRA), Venice (LIPZ), Milan-Linate (LIML), and Milan-Malpensa (LIMC). Lorena is acting member of the board of the Italian Business Aviation Association and an expert on business aircraft operations in Italy. She can be contacted at lorenacarraro@universalaviation.aero.

Milan Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Milan. The upcoming winter/spring show takes place February 17-23, 2014. The latest innovations in dress design by renowned fashion designers are showcased. This is the place to be in February if you’re working within the realm of international high fashion. For business aircraft operators planning to fly into Milan during this event, preplanning should start now to secure preferred aircraft parking, hotel accommodations, and local transport. In addition, there are permit issues to consider for charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. The sooner you’re able to begin setting up logistical arrangements the better.

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

1. Two airport options are available for travel to Milan

There are two options to consider when traveling to Milan. Linate (LIML) is the primary choice for Milan Fashion Week. If aircraft parking isn’t available at LIML, Malpensa (LIMC) is the best alternate.

Linate (LIML)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available


LIML is located east of the city. It is easily reachable by taxi, public bus, and other types of transport, and it is only a 15-minute drive from downtown.

Private vehicles are not permitted on the ramp at this location.

Local customs at LIML can assist with Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds, but only after a physical check of all goods purchased. This check is mandatory and must be performed in the presence of the person nominated on the invoices. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and ground handlers will assist passengers with this process. In order to confirm Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine arrangements, it’s recommended that your ground handler be notified in advance and advised if passengers require VAT refund services on departure.

Malpensa (LIMC)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available


LIMC is about a 45-minute drive to central Milan and is the preferred airport for passengers traveling to the Lake District (Lake Maggiore and Lake Como). Located to the northwest of Milan, LIMC is accessible by in-airport train services, as well as public taxis and other types of transportation.

Even though PPR isn’t required for travel to LIMC, aircraft parking permission must be obtained through the airport management.

2. Italian charter landing permits are needed

Private non-revenue flights don’t require landing permits for Italy, but charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights do. Italian charter permits for Italy are processed by Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italian Civil Aviation Authority or ENAC). Permit lead time depends on the number of passenger seats on your aircraft. The following is an overview of lead times and options for charter operators:

  • One option is an annual blanket permit. Lead time is 20 days, but this is limited to aircraft with up to 19 passenger seats.
  • If your aircraft has 20 seats or more, a one-shot permit will be needed, and this requires 45 days’ lead time. Note, however, that permits may be obtained in just seven days if you’ve had a prior permit approved within the past two International Air Transport Association seasons. (Seasons are March-October and October-March.)

Please note that specific documents must be attached with each permit request. Your 3rd-party provider can give you more detailed information on required procedures.

3. Alternate airport parking options

If aircraft parking is unavailable at LIML or LIMC, other options to consider include Genoa (LIMJ), Turin (LIMF), Bergamo (LIME), or Brescia (LIPO).

4. Book hotel accommodations early

There are many hotel options available in the Milan area, including large international chains. These hotels tend to sell out during Milan Fashion Week, so it’s important to book accommodations as soon as your schedule is firm. Higher room rates, as well as non-refundable deposits and extended cancellation policies, are possible during this period.

5. Confirm local transportation arrangements well in advance

Prepaid local transportation (car with driver) should be arranged as soon as schedule is known, as demand for all such services is high during Milan Fashion Week. As heavy traffic is expected in the Milan area during Fashion Week, it’s recommended to avoid rental cars. Your ground handler will arrange whatever transportation services you need during this period.

6. Comply with European Union Emission Trading Scheme

Intra-European Union (EU) flights (flights departing and arriving within the European Union) are required to comply with EU-Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) monitoring, reporting and carbon trading requirements. You can read our series on aviation EU-ETS or visit the EU-ETS Resource Center for more information.

7. Additional information

If you’re traveling to Italy from a cholera-infected country, be aware that your aircraft must land at an airport with a sanitary office. Airports where sanitary offices are present include:

With reference to the health requirements for flights arriving into one of the above airports from countries with risk of yellow fever and malaria, please be advised that the operator must provide a "Certificate of Residual Disinsection" stamped and signed by the local health authorities from the airport from where the flight originates. The ground handler can provide a sample of this letter, which needs to be completed on the appropriate health authority’s letterhead. The original certificate must be onboard and must be handed over immediately upon arrival. A copy of the certificate must be sent to the ground handler before departure in order to have prior approval from the Italian health authorities.

In case the original certificate is not available upon arrival, the aircraft will immediately be subjected to the Italian health authorities’ disinsection procedure, which may take up to 24 hours.

The following is a list of the current countries that require the "Certificate of Residual Disinsection.":

Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Philippines, China, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


If you are flying into Milan during Fashion Week, we strongly encourage you to start making arrangements now – particularly if you’re operating a charter and have not had an active Italian charter permit within the past two years, as permit lead times can be an issue. Your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler can help you successfully conduct operations during this busy period.


If you have any questions about this article, contact me at lorenacarraro@universalaviation.aero.

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