In Europe, requesting airport slots and making Prior Permission Required (PPRs) can be a tricky business. Furthermore, it is getting trickier each year as the skies get fuller. For example, the permitted deviation for arrival/departure airport slots at London Heathrow is tight as a drum: only -5 minutes to +5 minutes. Compare with the laid-back deviations at Geneva or Zurich where you are granted -30 minutes to +30 minutes.
“A confirmed PPR or Slot is often the difference between a contented client and a schedule at risk. Research is key, as is communicating with the handling agent or airport authority in good time. Along with landing or overflight permits, these should be high priority tasks.” Rob Randall, Head of Ops at RocketRoute.
In this blog article, you will find useful information on how to request PPR and Slot in five main Europe Airports and two ways how RocketRoute could assist you. You can request PPR and Slot easily by using Marketplace, go to Airport Directory, choose your ADEP or ADES airport, select handler and request what you need, from permits to fuel, all in one place.
5 Airport Slots and PPR to Pay Attention to in Europe
1. Italy PPR
Italian airports often need PPRs. This process amounts to a request for aircraft parking. Again, this is best done as early as possible. Aircraft parking is tightly restricted at lots of Italian airports, especially in summer. The success of a PPR request is only advised 48-72 hours in advance. Times of arrival and departure must be specified, and can never be left open-ended. If you want to prolong your stay, you will probably have to deal directly with airport authorities once on the ground (ground handlers are helpful in such instances). In Naples (LIRN), you are permitted no more than 72 hours between arrival and departure. Ideally, you should have another parking option, since you might be told you can only drop and go.
Use Marketplace to request Parking, PPR, Slot at Italian airports.
2. Nice, France (LFMN) PPR and slots
Nice is a remarkably busy airport and has therefore whittled the slot deviation time down to a tight -5 and +10 minutes. Furthermore, a PPR is essential for this airport. Your parking is confirmed three weeks ahead of arrival but any substantial change to your approved schedule will mean going back to the bottom of the list. The best plan is to confirm your schedule before you request a PPR. And do bear in mind that parking charges can rocket easily at LFMN. For the first 24 hours there is a 50% premium above base price. This rises to 100% for the following 24 hours and then goes right up to 300%.
3. Frankfurt, Germany (EDDF) slots
Airport slots at Frankfurt are often a tricky business. A welter of scheduled commercial flights have shrunk the windows to -5 and +10 minutes. Planning ahead is well-advised and requests need to be made in a special format (General Aviation Clearance Request [GCR]) or they won’t be processed. In the case of very short notice, your requested time may not be given; you only will be granted the closest available time. Airway slots are prioritised over airport slots in the EU, so it’s vital make sort out any changes as soon as you can.
If you are flying to EDDF, you may probably want to request PPR and Slot by 3rd-party providers. On Marketplace you may choose between seven ground handling suppliers to order fuel, handling and other services you need for comfort and convenience flight to or from Frankfurt airport.
4. London Gatwick, United Kingdom (EGKK) slots
At EGKK the deviation is a mere -5 and +5 minutes for take-off and landing slots. Like Frankfurt, EGKK caters largely to scheduled commercial flights. Requesting a slot as far ahead as humanly possible is the best course of action with Gatwick. Alternatively, you can select another airport near London (e.g. Luton EGGW, Stansted EGSS or Farnborough EGLF).
Both Zurich and Geneva, respectively the busiest and second busiest airports in Switzerland, operate a slot system. At LSZH the deviation is a fairly generous -30 and +30 minutes. At LSGG you are allotted a block of time lasting 19 minutes. Whether flying into Geneva our flying out, you must adhere to the allotted block time. Revising your slot is risky at either airport; if it is close to take-off or landing then a delay may be the net result. It is also worth noting that Swiss airports operate curfews and have strict closing times.
Many European airports require that you request a slot; and the request process varies from one region to another. Given the never-ending increase in air traffic across the world, it seems inevitable that more and more airports will require requests for slots. Here you can also check a list of all Slot regulated airports in Europe.
2 ways that RocketRoute offers you to assist in your planning:
- For those pilots and aircraft operators that prefer to coordinate their own trips and services, we have MarketPlace - the perfect platform to book handling services, PPR’s and slots.
- For those who seek that extra assistance the RocketRoute Concierge Service is on hand to assist you with all you need to know the latest information about slot availabilities, requirements, formats, closures and resources to obtain the slots needed for your trip.
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