5 private jet facts about the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is the largest film industry event in Europe, and one of the most prestigious in the world. At the end of May each year, actors and directors head there to promote their films, journalists to cover the stories, and high profile film fans to experience screenings of the latest movies, networking and parties.

Overlapping with the Monaco Grand Prix, this is an exceptionally busy time for private jet travel in Europe, with large numbers of aircraft flying festival visitors into Nice Cote d’Azur and Cannes Mandelieu airports. And with demand so high, airport take-off and landing slots can be hard to come by at the last minute. Aircraft availability can also become an issue for those booking close to departure.

That’s why we recommend clients book ahead of time, when travelling to Nice or Cannes – to ensure you can confirm your preferred itinerary and the best possible aircraft options and prices.

Our expert Flight Team can provide pricing and advice for your private jet or helicopter itinerary to Nice or Cannes. Contact us (24 hours) or call +44 1747 642 777.

5 facts about private jet travel to the Cannes Film Festival

1. The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest event for private jet travel in Europe

While the event that attracts the largest number of private jets in the world is the Super Bowl, in Europe the peak is the weekend of the Cannes Film Festival.

In itself the festival attracts a large number of celebrities, high profile figures, sponsors, companies and industry groups that prefer to use private aviation. But its impact is increased by the fact that it usually overlaps with travel to two other major events in France that attract a similar VIP audience – the Monaco Grand Prix and the French Open (in Paris). So many private jet customers will move between these events over a matter of days.

This usually generates around 3,000 private jet movements (a take off or landing) at Nice and Cannes during the period – double the usual flight volumes.

The final weekend of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival takes place on 17th – 28th May, with the Monaco Grand Prix on May 28th and the early rounds of the French Open starting May 22nd.

2. Most private jets land at Nice, rather than Cannes.

We usually see around 70% of private jet traffic using Nice Cote D’Azur Airport over the Cannes Film Festival period, and the rest using Cannes Mandelieu Airport (and a tiny proportion use other small Cote D’Azur airports such as St Tropez or Toulon).

This is due to to the longer runway at Nice, which can handle private jets of all sizes, from small jets up to VIP converted airliners such as the BBJ. Nice Airport also has more ramp, hangar and parking space to handle more aircraft, and is open 24 hours.

However over the past two years, the airports’ owner (they are run by the same group) has undertaken some development work at Cannes Mandelieu, which is widening its appeal. It can now accommodate larger aircraft, including some long range jets such as the Falcon 900. And it is closer then Nice to the Palais des Festivals (7km away).

3. Cannes Heliport is just a short walk from the Palais des Festivals

During the festival period, the roads around Cannes become very congested indeed. So visitors arriving by private jet or airline, or those already on the ground in the French Riviera, can beat the traffic jams by booking a private helicopter transfer.

For €1,000, a helicopter charter can fly you fast and direct from Nice Cote D’Azur Airport to the Cannes Heliport at Quai du Large, located just opposite the Palais des Festivals. The flight time is about ten minutes and offers a stunning aerial view over the Mediterranean coast.

The Quai du Large heliport is located in the same bay as the Palais des Festivals. So festival goers can walk to events and enjoy the sun (high heels permitting) or book a VIP taxi to cover the last short distance.

4. More than 80% of private jet flights to the Cannes Film Festival are international

The Cannes Film Festival is a major international event, and this is reflected in its business aviation traffic.

Less than 20% of private flights are domestic, the majority originating from Paris.

Some are long range jet flights, starting from Los Angeles, New York or Tokyo, flying directly into Nice Airport for the event.

But the biggest number come from the rest of Europe, especially the UK, Italy and Switzerland.

5. The price of a private jet flight to the Cannes Film Festival ranges from €3 550 to €130 000

Private jet pricing varies widely of course, according to the type of aircraft and the route. From €3 500 for a one-way flight from Milan to Nice in a 4-seater Citation Mustang, or €130 000 for a return flight from Los Angeles to Nice in a long range Global Express.

Whether you are looking for a economical and efficient small jet, the impressive luxury cabin of a large body jet, or a regional aircraft for large group travel, our team can help you find the perfect aircraft for your needs and budget.

For a personalised private jet charter or helicopter price for travel to the Cannes Film Festival, contact our Flight Team on +44 1747 642 777.

Posted: May 2nd, 2017 by Matt Barber

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