This Sunday October 30, the Mexican Grand Prix will take place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. Following a successful return in 2015, the iconic venue will once again host a 71 lap race over a 4.3km circuit. Last year’s event entertained more than 336,000 attendees over 3 days, and was highly praised by Formula One fans. This year, the Mexican Grand Prix is anticipating even a larger turnout.
Race lovers keen to take full advantage of this Formula One Fiesta can attend the practice and qualifying rounds. Three practice rounds will take place, starting from Friday October 28 until Saturday 29. The qualifying round will be held in the second half of Saturday, leading up to the main race on Sunday.
The Mexican Grand Prix first began as a non-championship event in 1962. Championship races were held annually from 1963 to 1970, and 1986 to 1992. However the race was beset by difficulties, which led to its absence from the Formula One calendar for over two decades. Finally, the Grand Prix Championship made a spectacular return to Mexico in 2015. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg claimed a historic victory at this much-anticipated race.
Primary Airport for attending the Mexican Grand Prix
The ideal international airport for operators attending the Mexican Grand Prix would be Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport (IATA: TLC/ ICAO: MMTO), in Toluca. Benito Juarez International Airport (IATA: MEX/ ICAO: MMMX) in Mexico City is closer, but is only open to governmental and scheduled commercial flights.
MMTO offers 24 hour Airport of Entry (AOE) and caters to business aviation. Airport slots are not required, and hangar parking space will be offered according to availability.
Jetex Flight Support is physically present at MMTO, with our own co-branded FBO facility adhering to the Jetex global standards. Our Jetex-EOLO FBO offers a full range of services including executive lounge; gourmet catering; helicopter transfer; office space; 3,000m2 of hangar space; ground handling services; exclusive fuel price and service; and highly professional multilingual staff.
Jetex Flight Support would recommend using Querétaro International Airport, also known as IATA: QRO/ICAO: MMQT as the best alternative option. Querétaro also offers 24 hours AOE and Customs and Immigration. However, please note that the FBO operational hours are from 14:00 to 01:00 UTC. Overtime will be charged and can be arranged until 05:00 UTC if requested before 22:00 UTC. Slots are not required at this airport. Security services and a VIP lounge are also available at MMQT, with ample aircraft parking space at the General Aviation side.
Mexico Landing Permit
Landing Permits are mandatory for both Part 91 (private non-revenue) and Part 135 (non-scheduled commercial) flights to Mexico. For private jet operators, the following aircraft documentations are required for landing authorization (at least 24 hours prior to the travel date):
- Airworthiness certificate
- Registration certificate
- International OR Mexican insurance
- Pilot licenses and medical certificates.
If insurance is Mexican, please ensure it states that it is for private use (“Uso Privado”).
For charter/non-scheduled commercial operators, the following aircraft documentations are required (at least 72 hours prior to the travel date) for a single landing authorization arrangement: Airworthiness certificate, registration certificate, international AND Mexican insurance (both required by Mexican CAA), pilot licenses and medical certificates, FAA OST 4507 Form (for ‘N’ registered aircraft), OPS SPECS (if operators are from another nationality), and Power of Attorney. Note, if insurance is Mexican, please ensure it states that it is for commercial use (“Uso Charter-Commercial”).
According to active NOTAMs, Runway 15/33 will be closed on following dates:
From 17:00 UTC October 18, 2016 until 18:00 UTC October 25, 2016
Only on Tuesdays, from 18:00 UTC November 1, 2016, until 19:00 UTC November 29, 2016
Ground Transportation and Helicopter transfer
MMTO is approximately two to two and a half hours away from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez by road (depending on traffic). Querétaro International Airport, whilst MMQT is approximately three to three and a half hours away from the Grand Prix venue by road. Jetex can arrange the luxury vehicle of your choice, allowing you to travel to the race and explore the Mexico in both style and comfort.
Most of the FBOs in Mexico can offer helicopter transfers straight to the race track, saving considerable time and giving you more opportunity to explore all Mexico has to offer.
Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. Situated over 7,200 feet above sea level, its historic city center area is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. In addition the city is home to numerous iconic monuments, including:
- The Plaza de la Constitucion
- Main Central Square
- Metropolitan Cathedral
- The National Palace
- Ancient Aztec Temple Ruins
- Angel of Independence
- Chapultepec Castle
- The Shrine and Basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- The Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
- Travelers can also enjoy exploring the city’s 160 museums and numerous concert halls, which are active all year round.
Once you are finished visiting all the major tourist attractions, you will want to keep coming back just for the food. Mexico City can offer you all the mouthwatering regional cuisines of the 31 Mexican States, as well as international cuisines. The city is known to have several world-renowned international restaurants and chefs.
Jetex Flight Support believes in providing only premium quality services. Our world-class concierge team is committed to delivering the best possible experience and will arrange luxury transportation and accommodation to any destination of your choice. Simply relax and enjoy your stay in Mexico, and leave all the technical arrangements to us.
Booking Your Trip
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