Mediterranean 2022 Peak Season Business Aviation Planning Tips

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Here’s a collection of recent news, best practices, tips, and other must-knows for planning any trip to the Mediterranean this summer for a record-breaking peak season.

Nice, France


Med Peak Season: Passenger Experience FAQs & Prep

With all the challenges expected for this summer’s Med peak season (limited parking and services, supply chain struggles, etc.), having a firm understanding of the passenger ground experience will be critical to setting expectations with stakeholders and positioning yourself for success.

Here are some key questions to be asking:

  • What is the detailed ARR/DEP process?
  • Where is CIQ clearance happening – main terminal, GAT, FBO, etc?
  • Is there a long ride from where the aircraft is parked to the terminal or FBO? If so, how long will this take?
  • Do pax need to wait in the same lines as commercial travelers for CIQ? If so, are there options to separate and/or expedite passengers through the process (compliantly, of course)?
  • Does the airport have an option to arrange VIP customs? If so, how long in advance must it be arranged?
  • How long does the total CIQ process typically take?
  • What happens after CIQ? Will the handler escort pax to the ground transport and does crew need to be with the pax the entire time?
  • What is the total estimated time on the ground from landing to leaving via ground transport?
  • For departure, how early do the pax need to arrive at the airport?
  • How long does the departure process usually take?
  • What are the potential issues if the pax wants to leave with items acquired in large quantities (like cases of wine)?

A lot of this information is available for top airports in our Feasbility-IQ app, or you can get these answers through your Trip Support team.

To further safeguard your passengers’ ground experience, talk to your Trip Support team about having an A2G Concierge Agent supervise your Med missions on the ground, when you aren’t already using Universal Aviation as your ground handler. A2G is really popular during peak season in the French Rivera and across the Med at these smaller airports that have less built-out infrastructure and services – and that routinely struggle with supporting the needs of business aviation during busy season.


A Stretched Supply Chain. Tips for Mitigating Issues.

Bizav Supply Chain Infographic

The Summer demand ramp-up is happening very quickly, and it’s already putting some stress on aviation service providers and the supply chain.

While most trips continue to execute smoothly, we are seeing an increase in service ticket issues across all delivery areas – airport authorities, handing, hotels, chauffeurs, catering, you name it. With travel volumes projected to hit record-breaking levels, these challenges will likely amplify.

Be aware that these challenges exist this summer, and here are some tips to help mitigate them:

  • Plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.
  • Stay within our network (Universal Aviation handling/ Air Culinaire Worldwide catering/ Drivania Chauffeurs) if able. We have more control to reduce risk of error and have more flexibility and speed to make last-minute adjustments across all service delivery areas, when needed.
  • Get your parking confirmations prior to arranging hotels and other services that are dependent on where you’ll be overnighting.
  • Ask what the ETA is on parking confirmations from the airport authority. For some destinations, you may have to wait until very close to your arrival date, which impacts all related service arrangements. An airport that can confirm sooner may be a better option.
  • Avoid making changes. You may lose preferred options you’ve already secured, and it adds more risk of something getting missed.
  • Fuel – We are seeing challenges with fuel supply at some European hot spots. While this is not uncommon during peak season, the strong GA bounce back and regional oil supply restrictions are compounding the challenge. Here are some tips to help you mitigate issues:
    • Don’t assume fuel will be available.
    • Book fuel early, don’t leave it to a Friday. Secure releases a week+ in advance if doable.
    • Be specific with how many gallons you need.
    • Double check availability with your supplier prior to departure and have a Plan B in place with an alternate provider, just in case.
    • Fuel on arrival while supply is available. Don’t wait until departure.
    • Consider tankering fuel at high-demand destinations where supply issues may exist.
  • Airline cancelations have been an issue. Check recent flight cancelation stats to see which airlines are performing more reliably before booking with them for any crew swaps or connections.
  • Set expectations with stakeholders that these challenges exist this year.
  • Try to be patient with minor delays and inconveniences if you experience them.

Check out our Feasibility-IQ application to help with your summer travel planning. This is the same application and intel that our Trip Support teams are using and updating daily. It will make your mission planning faster, easier, and more informed.


Med Peak Season: Long-term Parking Options

CongestedLong-term parking at many popular Med airports is already unavailable. Currently, we’re recommending Dubrovnik (LDDU) and both Milan airports (Linate and Malpensa) as good options with long-term parking and easy access to commercial routes. Our Universal Aviation Italy team can assist with arrangements.

For G500/600 operators dealing with the wind limits issue, we’re recommending London-Stansted for long-term parking. Winds are low, and it’s an easy charter flight to the Med from there. Our London-Stansted team can help.


Fuel Supply Challenges in Italy and across the Med

The trend of fuel supply shortages at popular European destinations continues. A few weeks ago, this was prevalent in Nice. Now it’s happening it at popular airports in Italy and Germany.

Oil companies are working off very precise volume numbers, and they are prioritizing their scheduled commercial contracts, which are much more predictable than GA.

Tips to help you avoid challenges this summer:

  • Don’t assume fuel will be available.
  • Book fuel early, don’t leave it to a Friday. Secure releases a week+ in advance if doable.
  • Be specific with how many gallons you need.
  • Double check availability with your supplier prior to departure and have a Plan B in place with an alternate provider, just in case.
  • Fuel on arrival while supply is available. Don’t wait until departure.
  • Consider tankering fuel at high-demand destinations where supply issues may exist.

Med Peak Season: Charter Ops, Blanket Permits, & Cabotage

If you’re planning on operating any charter flights to Greece, Italy, or Spain this summer, we recommend working with our Global Regulatory Services team to apply for blanket permits now.

Trying to secure a permit last-minute for short-notice trips is not ideal. A 12-month blanket permit significantly improves your operating flexibility. Keep in mind, Spain only allows three one-shot permits per season. Spain does also offer a blank permit, but the process to apply is onerous.

We’re also seeing requests for trips that would be considered cabotage. Nearly all countries in the EU, including all of the popular Med hotspots, have some variation of cabotage, meaning that for any domestic legs, you cannot carry passengers that are not associated with your int’l legs.

Ramp inspections are common and violating cabotage rules could result in both significant fines and denial for future ops.

Check with us on your specific flight scenarios.


Med Country-by-Country Cheat Sheet

Here’s a quick reference guide for some of the most popular airports for accessing the Med:

CROATIA

  • Split (LDSP):
    • Curfews: Airport open 04-20 UTC, no General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking/PPR: Very limited parking during peak season and high-traffic events, especially for overnight. Requests for parking and the PPR status will be evaluated only 14 days prior the operations.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is 3 working days.
    • CIQ: 24 Hrs
  • Dubrovnik (LDDU)
    • Curfews : Airport open 04-21 UTC, no General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking/PPR: Available for long stays.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is 3 working days.
    • CIQ: 24 Hrs

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Support Team.

SOUTHERN FRANCE

Nice, France

  • Nice (LFMN):
    • Curfews: LFMN is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • A-CDM: In November 2019, Nice launched Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM). CDM programs determine if airway and airport slots match flight plans. In the event of a missed match, flight plans are auto-cancelled. If operators are not careful, both airport and airway slots may be cancelled as a result of even small schedule changes. Our blog has more information about A-CDM in Spain and Italy.
    • Parking: Very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until a week before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request. During this period LFMN often denies parking requests and will not confirm parking status until close to day of operation. If you’re not able to confirm parking at LFMN, you’ll still be able to obtain airport slots to drop off/pick up passengers. Longer-term parking is particularly expensive at Nice (LFMN) as it’s charged on an escalating scale, depending on how long you stay. For this reason you may want to consider repositioning your aircraft if passengers are staying in the Nice area for any length of time. In Nice, any quick turn less than three hours is always accepted.
    • CIQ: Clearance is normally available at the LFMN GAT 0800-2100 local.
    • Fuel: Fuel services close at about 2130 local and reopen about 0630 local – this does not mean it is fully operational at this time. Overtime fueling is possible at LFMN with prior arrangement. If you are arriving and need fuel for departure, you can call ATC and they will call the fueling agent. The agent has one hour to arrive. For short-notice fuel uplift requests during night hours, it’s possible to contact Air Traffic Control (ATC), which will contact the fueler to come out. Best practice for LFMN is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure.
  • Cannes (LFMD)
    • Curfews: LFMD is not a 24-hour airport. LFMD operating hours are normally 0800-2000 local. During summer months, however, operating hours are 0800-sunset + 30 min, with the latest possible operation at 2230 local. No overtime is possible for LFMD.
    • Slots/PPR: Airport slots are required during the Cannes Film Festival for LFMD and have a deviation of +/- 10 minutes. PPR is only needed for LFMD during the period of the Cannes Film Festival. Specific information is unknown at this time. PPR is obtained by your ground handler via an online site.
    • Parking: During peak season, it’s recommended that airport slots/PPRs be requested one to two months in advance in order to secure aircraft parking priority. Although parking will not be confirmed until close to day of operation, requests are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • Aircraft Limitations: LFMD is limited to aircraft with maximum takeoff weights of up to 35 metric tons for a jet engine (a G4 can land but not take off with full fuel.)
    • Fuel: Aviation fuel is available with no limitations.
  • Toulon LFTH)
    • Curfews: Airport hours are 0630-2300 LT MON-FRI; 0700-2100 LT SAT; 0800-2300 LT SUN & BANK HOLIDAYS
    • Slots/PPR: LFTH is a military airport, and PPRs are needed for all operations. Minimum PPR lead times are four hours in the case of domestic flights from within France, 24 hours of French office hours if you’re operating in/out of Schengen areas, and 48 French office hours when operating from non-Schengen countries. Note that PPRs for LFTH must be obtained by your 3rd-party provider via a special website.
    • Parking: Aircraft parking is on first-come, first-serve basis, and scheduled commercial airlines take priority.
    • CIQ: Customs is automatically notified when your PPR is submitted. They do not always come out, so if you need your passport stamped, you will have to specifically request that they come.
    • Fuel: Aviation fuel is available with no limitations. Note: airlines have priority and there is only one driver.

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Support Team.

GREECE

Greek Island Peak Season

Landscape view of the Oia at sunset, Santorini, Greece.

  • Athens (LGAV) :
    • Curfews: LGAV is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Very limited during Summer season. Requests for parking will not be confirmed until the day prior to ops and for a max stay of 24h. Ferry flights positioning for parking only are not permitted. It’s advised that operators planning long stays consider relocating to smaller fields where parking can be booked in advance and for the duration of their stay.
    • Charter Permits: Non-EU Charter operators need to obtain a landing permit prior to operating charter flights into Greece. A/C with a max capacity of 19 seats can obtain annual permits. A/C with a capacity greater than 19 seats can obtain only ad-hoc permits. 10 working days prior notice is recommended. Note: Intra-country travel for non-domestic charters isn’t permitted.
    • CIQ: CIQ is performed at the General Aviation Terminal.
    • Fuel: As priority is provided to scheduled airline traffic, delays may occur on the peak of the day, mornings between 0800-0900 lt, noon between 1200-1400 and afternoons between 1600-1800LT.
  • Mykonos (LGMK)
    • Curfews: LGMK is a 24-hour AOE.
    • Parking: Restricted to 40 mins from June to October.
    • Slots: Limited. Window for application opens 14 days prior to ops. Slot tolerance is +/- 15 mins. Heavy fines apply for slot violations and sanctions may apply when an aircraft or an operator is found to misbehave repeatedly.
    • FLS: Eurocontrol monitors the whole Greek airspace suspending FPLs not matching the approved slots.
    • Charter Permits: Non-EU Charter operators need to obtain a landing permit prior to operating charter flights into Greece. A/C with a max capacity of 19 seats can obtain annual permits. A/c with a capacity greater than 19 seats can obtain only ad-hoc permits. 10 working days prior notice is recommended. Note: Intra-country travel for non-domestic charters isn’t permitted.
    • CIQ: Starting June 20, LGMK airport will redirect all GA/BA pax traffic through a new lounge, located next to the terminal. All passengers arriving or departing with a private or air taxi flight will be handled through this lounge. The use of it is not optional. It’s mandatory to all, and the cost is €2,000 euros per live leg (so can be assessed 2x for arrival AND departure). The cost will be added on the handling fees not the airport fees.
    • Push Back: Parking area consists of mainly nose-in stands. Aircraft operators are required to check with their handler that a suitable tow bar and head is available; otherwise, they have to carry their own and use it if needed.
  • Santorini (LGSR)
    • Curfews: LGSR is a 24-hour AOE.
    • Parking: Restricted to 40 mins from June to October.
    • Slots: Limited. Window for application opens 14 days prior to ops. Slot tolerance is +/- 15 mins. Heavy fines may apply on slot violations and sanctions may apply when an aircraft or an operator is found to misbehave repeatedly.
    • FLS: Eurocontrol monitors the whole Greek airspace suspending FPLs not matching the approved slots.
    • Charter Permits: Non-EU Charter operators need to obtain a landing permit prior to operating charter flights into Greece. A/C with a max capacity of 19 seats can obtain annual permits. A/C with a capacity greater than 19 seats can obtain only ad-hoc permits. 10 working days prior notice is recommended. Domestic charter flights are not allowed to transport third country registered commercial operators.
    • CIQ: There are no facilities for GA/BA passengers. All inbound / outbound pax will follow the same process as airline pax, with priority provided when possible.
    • Push Back: Parking area consists of mainly nose-in stands. Aircraft operators are required to check with their handler that a suitable tow bar and head is available; otherwise, they have to carry their own and use it if needed.
  • Paros (LGPA)
    • Curfews: LGPA has specific ops hours and is not an AOE. Inbound flights must originate from an EU/Schengen country.
    • Parking: Limited and overnight stays are not allowed during peak season in an effort to accommodate as many turnarounds as possible.
    • Slots: Limited. Window for application opens 14 days prior to ops. Slot tolerance is +/- 15 mins. Heavy fines apply on slot violations and sanctions may apply when an aircraft or an operator is found to misbehave repeatedly.
    • FLS: Eurocontrol monitors the whole Greek airspace suspending FPLs not matching the approved slots.
    • Charter Permits: Non-EU Charter operators need to obtain a landing permit prior to operating charter flights into Greece. A/C with a max capacity of 19 seats can obtain annual permits. A/C with a capacity greater than 19 seats can obtain only ad-hoc permits. 10 working days prior notice is recommended. Note: Intra-country travel for non-domestic charters isn’t permitted.
    • CIQ: There are no facilities for GA/BA passengers. All inbound / outbound pax will follow the same process as airline pax, with priority provided by our agent.
    • Fuel: Fuel is not available.

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Support Team.

ITALY

  • Catania (LICC):
    • Curfews: Airport is open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is not present.
    • Parking/PPR: Is very limited during high season.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Florence (LIRQ):
    • Curfews: Airport open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present and open between 0600-2100 UTC.
    • Parking/PPR: Is very limited during high season and events.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: Hours are 0200-2230 UTC.
  • Genoa (LIMJ):
    • Curfews: Airport open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is not present.
    • Parking/PPR: Usually available.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: Hours are 0200-2230 UTC.
  • Milan-Linate (LIML):
    • Curfews: Airport is open 24H, General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present.
    • Parking/PPR: Always available.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Milan-Malpensa (LIMC):
    • Curfews: Airport is open 24H, General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present.
    • Parking/PPR: Always available. Wide-body aircraft accepted.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Naples (LIRN):
    • Curfews: Airport open 0400-2100 UTC. No General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking/PPR: Is very limited, 3 hours on the ground maximum is allowed.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 0400-2100 UTC
  • Olbia (LIEO):
    • Curfews: Airport open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present.
    • Parking/PPR: Is available for short and long stays.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Palermo (LICJ):
    • Curfews: Airport is open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is not present.
    • Parking/PPR: Is limited during high season.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Rome (LIRA):
    • Curfews: Airport is open 24H, but General Aviation/Business Aviation traffic is allowed 0400-2100 UTC. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present.
    • Parking/PPR: Usually available. Limited in summer season.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H
  • Venice (LIPZ):
    • Curfews: Airport open 24H. General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is present and open between 0400-2000 UTC.
    • Parking/PPR: Is limited during high season and events.
    • Charter Permits: Required. Lead time is around 5 working days.
    • CIQ: 24H

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Support Team.

SPAIN

  • Barcelona (LEBL):
    • Curfews: LEBL is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: NEVER AN ISSUE. Requests for parking and PPR status will not be confirmed until 30 DAYS before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request.
    • Charter Permits: EU charters with EU Blanket permits receive almost immediate confirmation. Non-EU charters usually take 72 hours.
    • CIQ: Available at the LEBL GAT 24/7.
    • Fuel: Fuel services are 24/7. This does not mean it is always fully operational. Best practice for LEBL is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure and send as in advance as possible the fuel release to reconfirm with fuel uplifter.
  • Ibiza (LEIB):
    • Curfews: LEIB is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and PPR status will not be confirmed until 15 DAYS before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request. During this period LEIB often denies parking requests and will not confirm parking status until close to day of operation. If you’re not able to confirm parking at LEIB, you’ll still be able to obtain airport slots to drop off/pick up passengers.
    • Charter Permits: EU charters with EU Blanket permits receive almost immediate confirmation. Non-EU charters usually take 72 hours.
    • CIQ: Available at the LEIB GAT 24/7.
    • Fuel: Fuel services are 24/7. This does not mean it is always fully operational. Best practice for LEIB is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure and send as in advance as possible the fuel release to reconfirm with fuel uplifter.
  • Malaga (LEMG):
    • Curfews: LEMG is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until 15 DAYS before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request. During this period LEMG often denies parking requests and will not confirm parking status until close to day of operation. If you’re not able to confirm parking at LEMG, you’ll still be able to obtain airport slots to drop off/pick up passengers.
    • Charter Permits: EU charters with EU Blanket permits receive almost immediate confirmation. Non-EU charters usually take 72 hours.
    • CIQ: Available at the LEMG GAT 24/7.
    • Fuel: Fuel services are 24/7. This does not mean it is always fully operational. Best practice for LEMG is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure and send as in advance as possible the fuel release to reconfirm with fuel uplifter.
  • Palma de Mallorca (LEPA):
    • Curfews: LEPA is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until 15 DAYS before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request. During this period, LEPA often denies parking requests and will not confirm parking status until close to day of operation. If you’re not able to confirm parking at LEPA, you’ll still be able to obtain airport slots to drop off/pick up passengers.
    • Charter Permits: EU charters with EU Blanket permits receive almost immediate confirmation. Non-EU charters usually take 72 hours.
    • CIQ: Clearance is available at the LEPA GAT 24/7.
    • Fuel: Fuel services are 24/7. This does not mean it is always fully operational. Best practice for LEPA is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure and send as in advance as possible the fuel release to reconfirm with fuel uplifter.
  • Valencia (LEVC):
    • Curfews: LEVC is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until 15 DAYS before arrival. Keep in mind that changes to your schedule will cancel any confirmed parking approvals and will require you to re-submit your parking request. During this period LEVC often denies parking requests and will not confirm parking status until close to day of operation. If you’re not able to confirm parking at LEVC, you’ll still be able to obtain airport slots to drop off/pick up passengers.
    • Charter Permits: EU charters with EU Blanket permits receive almost immediate confirmation. Non-EU charters usually take 72 hours.
    • CIQ: Available at the LEVC GAT 24/7.
    • Fuel: Fuel services are 24/7. This does not mean it is always fully operational. Best practice for LEVC is to fuel on arrival, or at least prior to day of departure and send as in advance as possible the fuel release to reconfirm with fuel uplifter.

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Support Team.

TURKEY

  • Dalaman (LTBS):
    • Curfews: LTBS is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
    • Parking: Limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until a week before arrival.
    • CIQ: Available 24 hours at the LTBS GAT.
    • Fuel: Available 24 hours.
  • Bodrum (LTFE)
    • Curfews: LTFE is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT)
    • Parking: Limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for long-term parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until a week before arrival.
    • CIQ: Available 24 hours at the LTFE GAT.
    • Fuel: Fuel service is available 24 hours at airport rules. According to the airport rule, fuel can only be provided before the departure of the aircraft.
  • Antalya (LTAI)
    • Curfews: LTAI is a 24-hour AOE with a General Aviation Terminal (GAT
    • Parking: Parking is very limited during peak season and high-traffic events. Requests for parking and the PPR status will not be confirmed until a week before arrival. Also, airport slots are not available for ferry flight.
    • CIQ: Available 24 hours at the LTAI GAT
    • Fuel: Available 24 hours.

More detailed mission planning intelligence is available in Feasibility-IQ or by contacting your Universal Trip Sup


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