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With at least 8 airports surrounding London (and others would claim also to serve the greater London area ) we have always enjoyed the ability to operate flights throughout the night at Luton or Stansted and, occasionally, Gatwick. However, for this summer 2018 that is about to change.

As always, it’s a question of controlling night noise environmental pollution. For some years most airports have limited the number of night time flights by a combination of the number of take-offs and landings and the noise level of the aircraft permitted to operate. These limitations are gradually being tightened in the face of environmental demands and increased numbers of flights. Many airports around Europe have decided to close completely at night. Of course, the summer season sees the heaviest congestion with scheduled airline flights, who get allocated any night slots well in advance. So, it is during this period that we are seeing more restrictions being imposed.

Under its local authority planning approval Luton has an overall night time noise ‘quota’, which was exceeded in 2017. Anticipating similar demand for 2018 this airport has imposed severe night time restrictions for summer 2018 and these are likely to be extended to summer 2019. For non-scheduled flights (e.g. all business and private flights), this means that between 1st June to 30th September no flights will be allowed to take-off nor land between 23:00 – 07:00 local time.

Their 2018 summer season runs from 25 March – 28 October, between 23:00 – 07:00 local time, with slightly less restrictive ‘shoulder’ periods 23:00-23:30 and 06:00-07:00. The amount of night time flights is controlled by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is based on a cumulative quota system. The noisier the aircraft the greater the restriction, so preference is given to the latest, quieter aircraft. Additionally, the overall amount of ‘noise’ permitted has been lowered. Again, scheduled airline flights are pre-allocated the majority of night slots, leaving a small ‘pool’ of slots for non-scheduled (e.g. business or private) flights. These slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis. With the increased restrictions at Luton airport it is anticipated demand at Stansted will be higher. So, it is vital that any requirement for such night slots is requested and confirmed as soon as possible.

GATWICK: Night period is from 23:00 – 07:00 with slightly less restrictive ‘shoulder’ periods 23:00-23:30 and 06:00-07:00. Extremely limited night slots during the summer 2018 season, of which the majority are pre-allocated and used by scheduled airlines.

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Sponsors of Tour Manager of the Year 2017

We recently attended the annual Live UK Awards in London, once again Premier Aviation are proud to be sponsoring the award for Tour Manager Of The Year. Congratulations to this year’s winner Emma Edgar.

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2018/19 Tour Advance Budgeting

At Premier Aviation, we are always happy to advise our clients in the early stages of their tour planning, when the artist's management is putting their complete tour budgets together. Very often this process can start 6 to 9 months ahead of first show dates and to this end, we are already working with several clients on advanced planning for flying their 2019 tours. Initially we receive a show itinerary and then, in discussions with the client, we work out their preferred schedule for the private jet travel we provide. This can be a complex process and may require basing an aircraft in certain cities and flying out-and-back to shows, travelling point-to-point or a combination of both.

Pets on Board

When travelling by private jet charter for a holiday, it is possible for the whole family to travel together, including the 4 legged members:

However, it should be noted that there are certain criteria to follow and the information below should serve as a brief guide to help you plan ahead. The general rule for cats and dogs and ferrets too, when travelling within the EU or non EU listed country!

Pet passport – Obtainable from your vet. Microchip – The number of the microchip must be listed in the pet passport.

Rabies vaccination – Get your pet microchipped before the rabies vaccination or they will need to be vaccinated again.

Tapeworm treatment for dogs – This must be administered between 1-5 days before arriving in the UK, and must be recorded in the pet's passport.

There are many anomalies however and if in doubt the best source of information can be found here taking your pet abroad.




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