Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How Last Minute Trip Changes Can Affect Your Business Aviation Trip!

If you want to change last-minute schedule, then you need to be aware of certain limitations associated with it.
Advanced research & working with a third party service provider are among your best tools that help in accommodating eleventh-hour changes.

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

1.      You should know the main problem areas when making short-notice revisions:
Challenging issues for short-notice changes can include permits i.e temporary landing permit, visas, curfews, airport closures, parking, ground handling, and hotel availability.
For example arranging a short-notice airport slot or revision for countries like Japan can be challenging.
Also, PPR requirements in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Brazil often limit options for last-minute schedule changes.

2.      You may be restricted in options for last-minute schedule revisions:
Airport slots can’t always be revised twenty four hours a day. A valid reason for this is that slot offices may be closed.
PPRs for joint civil-military airports especially when required for parking can be inflexible.
Curfew issues including temporary closures & airport closure hours can limit schedule change ability.
Some airports restrict fueling at night. Also, there can be extra charges for late evening fuel uplifts.
Ground handling services mayn’t always be available during certain hours. So, you may have to pay an additional fee for after hour’s service.
Hotels may be sold out, mainly during large events or high season. Also this can further challenge eleventh-hour schedule changes.

3.      You can’t get over flight permit for certain regions:

Permits for Asian, Middle Eastern, and African regions can be difficult to obtain. China is very particular about multiple permit change requests. 
Some locations in the Mediterranean region only advise parking status twenty hours prior to arrival and can limit parking to seventy two hours.

4.      Schedule changes can be more challenging for charter and non-scheduled commercial operators:
Charter permits for Germany need four business days. So, you get delayed by two days to process a new permit.
Permits for Italy can be more inflexible in terms of passenger changes, due to certain restrictions.
Normally, you should carry the same passengers in and out & operate to all stops on the approved permit.
Adding or deleting a passenger may require a new permit with some delays.
Crew duty time limits can also impact options for last changes. These are all examples of how changes may have a larger impact on charter operations.

5.      Visa issues can be a consideration:

Some countries permit crew members to arrive without visas.
If a last-minute change keeps your aircraft longer than the permissible timeframe, then the crew member may get into a problem. Also they’ve to leave the country.

6.      Crew duty time may limit ability to make last-minute changes:
Crew duty timing is a major concern for charter operators & even private non-revenue operators in certain regions of the world.
You may not be able to achieve a desired schedule change without an additional rested pilot available.
Airport closures often impact crew duty time. Not all airports offer overtime, and those that offer do typically need 24-72 hours’ notice in advance.

Whenever last-minute schedule changes are considered, you need to be aware that your options can be restricted.
This may be due to airport slot availability, visa issues, permit lead time requirements, or airport curfews.

About Author:
Vision Aviation Global always fulfils the growing demand for air charted services & corporate aviation services for non scheduled air travel within Delhi, India.
We offer visa, temporary landing permits and also assist in Immigration & Custom clearance.