One of the busiest weeks for private jet flights down to the South of France is always Cannes Film Festival (this year 15-26 May 2013).

We’ve been busy booking jets for the Film Festival since last year, but demand is now hotting up and will continue up until the day before, when last minute jets will still be booked.

I was fascinated to look at the numbers of jets flying in, and where in the world they were coming from. We’ve put together an infographic (below) showing the key facts about private aviation during Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival by Private Jet

Private Jet Flights to Cannes Film Festival PrivateFly infographic


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My commentary

Cannes Mandelieu airport is the closest airport to Cannes, but is sometimes limiting due to the length of its runway and opening hours. Our infographic shows the split of arrivals between Cannes and Nice Airports.

It’s also interesting to compare which countries private jet passengers were flying in from for the 2012 festival – with the largest proportion coming domestically within France. Possibly from those transferring from international flights in Paris.

This is backed up with aircraft popularity – with light jets being the most popular for the shorter distances. Although this is closely followed by Long Range Jets at 31% of traffic, perhaps from larger groups and entourages, and those that want to make a statement arrival in a larger, luxurious jet.

We’ve included the average costs of a private jet flight from each of the most popular countries so you can see how they compare.

This year Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix overlap on the weekend of 25-26 May 2013. This will be a peak demand weekend in the Cote D’Azur for private jets, so it will be interesting to look at the increase in private flights that both of these sporting and film events create.