Universal Aviation warns aircraft operators ahead of Japanese Grand Prix
The 2013 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix is over weekend of the 11-13 October at the Suzuka race circuit.
Universal Weather and Aviation is advising business aircraft operators planning to attend the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix to secure aircraft parking, local transport and aircraft services as soon as possible. The race will be held at Suzuka circuit, which is about 50 km south of Nagoya, Japan.
Operators have three airports to consider for this event: Nagoya, about one hour from the track; Komaki, a 1.5 hour drive; and Osaka, 2.5 hours from the circuit, said Hiroshi Higashiyama, representative director for Universal Aviation Japan.
“It’s important to request airport slots and prior permissions required for aircraft parking as early as possible,” said Larry Williams, Trip Owner, Universal. “And charter operators should submit permit requests now as requests can take at least three business days to process.”
Higashiyama recommends working with a local ground handler to help arrange logistics and services on the ground.
“To avoid heavy traffic in the circuit area, one consideration for Grand Prix attendees is to charter a helicopter,” said Higashiyama. “Transfers from Nogoya, Komaki and Osaka to Suzuka take 15, 30 and 60 minutes, respectively. There are many excellent hotel options in the Nagoya and Osaka areas. Due to increased traffic during this busy period, it’s recommended that hotels and pre-paid transport be booked as far in advance as possible.”