Operations to Ireland/EIDW – Airport Operations
This is a post by author Mark Shiels. Mark is the general manager for Universal Aviation Ireland – Dublin. Mark is an expert on business aircraft operations in Dublin and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This business aviation blog post is the first part in a series on operating to Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin (EIDW) is a business aviation-friendly destination with plenty of aircraft parking and full services/credit available. Be aware, however, that aircraft parking charges can be high at this location – depending upon where you park and how long you stay.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Are there curfews or noise restrictions at this location?
EIDW is a 24/7 airport, with the exception of annual closures from December 24, 2300 local, to December 26, 0600 local. During this 31-hour period, only emergency flights are accepted. Expect heavier traffic during peak hours (0600-0730 local and 2100-2230 local) but no General Aviation (GA) operating restrictions. EIDW currently does not have noise restrictions in place.
2. Is EIDW close to central Dublin?
The airport is about 8 kilometers (km) (5 miles) north of the city center. Drive time averages 25 minutes but can be as long as 40 minutes during heavy traffic. For crews with the opportunity to spend time in the Dublin area, a tour of Guinness Star House and Trinity College is recommended, along with visits to the Jameson whisky distillery and the many museums in the city.
3. Are there special airport procedures?
Airport slots are required for all operations into and out of EIDW with a deviation of +/- 15 minutes. On approval, you’ll be provided with an airport slot number, but this does not need to be included in your flight plan. A GA report – requesting ground handling and other services – should be provided at least 24 hours in advance. Short-notice requests, however, are accepted, and GA reports may be submitted on arrival.
4. Is there ongoing construction activity on the airport or in the vicinity?
While no airport construction is currently underway, roadwork is in progress, with estimated completion in late 2013 or mid-2014. This affects the secondary road between the airport and city but does not impact the motorway, which is the primary route to the airport.
5. Are there extended stay considerations?
There’s no limitation on how long GA aircraft may remain at EIDW. If aircraft parking is not available in the GA area, aircraft will be parked on the commercial side where parking charges are considerably higher. If you’re parked in the commercial area, your ground handler will try to move you to the GA side as soon as a spot becomes available. GA crews do not need to be present for most aircraft relocations so long as parking brakes are off. For larger aircraft (ACJ and BBJ-sized and above), crew must be in attendance during aircraft repositioning.
6. What’s the parking cost at EIDW?
Aircraft parking is charged in 15-minute intervals, and rates differ between the GA and commercial sides of the field. Currently, GA parking, for light aircraft, starts at 2.65 Euros per 15 minutes, and this rate increases by 20% after 24 hours, 100% after 48 hours, and 200% after 72 hours. On the commercial side, aircraft parking charges currently start at 7.70 Euros per 15 minutes, for narrow-body aircraft, and escalate at the same percentage rates as on the GA side. These high rates are meant to deter long-term commercial aircraft parking but, unfortunately, also impact GA. Parking stands are typically accessed, and departed from, under aircraft power.
7. Is airport infrastructure in good condition?
Tarmac, taxiways, and runways are all in good condition and receive maintenance on a frequent basis.
8. What about hangar space availability?
Hangar space is available for transient GA operations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hangars are owned and operated by the airlines, and availability is subject to airline requirements and maintenance schedules. When operating during winter – and if no hangar space is available – deicing services can be arranged with advance notice.
Operational delays are not common at EIDW but may occur during peak periods of scheduled airline activity and during winter months when deice services are required. Be aware that service priority will go to commercial airline operations.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Dublin, contact me at email@example.com.
Later we will discuss ground handling for your trip to Dublin, Ireland.