Ebace Outdoor Gate

For industry enthusiasts, business owners, and people interested in avoiding the headache of commercial travel, it’s the perfect venue to learn about the newest options for private jet travel. That’s why this May 29th, thousands will flock to Geneva’s Palexpo for the 17th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE 2018).

Here’s the breakdown of this year’s big event held May 29 – 31:

  • Over 400 exhibitors
  • 55 aircraft on display
  • 13,000 business aviation professionals
  • 10+ valuable sessions

The sessions range from the business of buying and selling jets to navigating regulatory issues, to using new technology to ease flight operations. Besides the valuable information, it’s a chance for business owners, executives and aviation business personnel to meet, exchange ideas, and network.

Have a look at the EBACE 2018 full schedule of events.

Come See Jetex

 Jetex is an exhibitor and major sponsor so you’ll see signs of our company at the event. Stop by booth Q89 to learn more about how we support private jet travel from the terminal to the sky, and through the destination.

About the Venue

Palexpo is Geneva’s biggest exhibition and convention center. Its size is impressive, housing 106,000 square meters of interconnected event space. It’s conveniently located adjacent to both Geneva international airport and the city’s rail station, Palexpo. The venue is also easily accessible by motorway from the rest of Switzerland, as well as from France, Germany, and Italy. On-site parking is available for 2,800 vehicles.

The Palexpo site is located just 10 minutes’ walk from Geneva Airport and its railway station and a 15-minute bus ride from the city center. Trains operate at regular intervals and take only 10 minutes to run between the airport and the center.

Flying to Geneva

Geneva Airport (IATA: GVA, ICAO: LSGG), formerly known as Cointrin Airport, is the main international airport serving Geneva. LSGG functions as an Airport of Entry (AoE) and offers a full range of General Aviation (GA) support services and ground handling equipment. The airport operates from 06:00 – 22:00 local time, seven days a week. No overtime is possible and all arrivals must be on the ground by 22:00, otherwise, they face being diverted to another airport. Departures must be in the air by 21:45 at the latest. The airport is usually busy throughout the day. As there is only one runway, delays can sometimes occur due to inclement weather. However, this should not be an issue during the month of May, when conditions are generally favorable.

During EBACE, some of the parking areas normally used by GA will be restricted due to the static aircraft display. As a result, overnight parking may be limited during the event period.

Alternate Airports

Alternate airports which can be used for repositioning include Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL)Zürich Airport (IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH) and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (IATA: MLH, ICAO: LFSB). All function as AoEs, and offer a full complement of GA support services. However, due to their relatively long distances from the EBACE venue (140km, 280km, and 255km respectively), Geneva Airport remains the best available option. In order to guarantee your spot, it is recommended to ensure that all permits, slots, and permissions are arranged well in advance.

Landing Permits for Switzerland

Swiss landing permits are mandatory only for charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights. Private non-revenue flights do not require landing permits. Documents which need to be submitted with the permit application include the plane’s airworthiness and registration certificates, air operator certificate (AOC), and insurance details. The official lead time is five working days, although generally speaking permits are processed within two or three days.

Airport Slots and PPR

Airport slots for LSGG are obtained via an online request system. Slots are issued in 19-minute blocks, with all timings strictly enforced. Once the request has been approved, a confirmation number will be provided. This should be entered in the remarks section of the flight plan. Prior Permission Required (PPR) is not usually required at LSGG, however, due to heavy traffic must be obtained during the EBACE period.

Fuel Uplifts

VAT is applied on fuel sales in Switzerland. As Jetex is a VAT registered company, VAT exemption can be availed at the point of sale. Enroll in our VAT exemption program today, and experience the benefits of VAT-free fueling across 18 European countries. For further details, please contact vat@jetex.com.

Customs and Immigration

Customs and immigration are cleared within the general aviation terminal at LSGG and is usually a fast and straightforward process. Passports of passengers and crew must have a remaining validity of at least six months. Visas may be required, depending on nationality. There are no visas on arrival in Switzerland, so they must be arranged prior to departure.


Hotels in Geneva will have higher prices and stricter cancellation policies during the EBACE period, with four-star accommodation running as high as $300 – 500 USD per night. Jetex has the connections necessary to secure the best available accommodation, at highly competitive rates. Contact our travel team today to discuss your requirements.

Arrange Your Trip with Jetex

Traveling to Geneva for EBACE 2018? Arrange your trip with Jetex!

We deliver world-class trip planning services, including permit arrangements, ground handling, fuel uplifts and bespoke concierge services. Our dedicated operations team is on standby 24/7 to look after all the technical details of your journey, allowing you to relax and focus on the purpose of your visit.

To find out more about our services, please contact our team on +971 4 212 4000 or email info@jetex.com.