Business Aviation Options for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – A Quick Rundown

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Business Aviation Options for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – A Quick Rundown

The Cannes Film Festival is a very busy time of the year for the Mediterranean region. This year, the festival takes place May 15-26, and it’s important to plan trips to this area in advance. For operators setting up trips to the festival on short notice, there are always airport and aircraft parking options available. However, those options may be some distance from the event.

1. Primary airports to consider for the event

Cannes (LFMD)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): yes
  • Operating hours:
    0800-2000 local during the winter
    0800-sunset + 30 minutes when sunset + 30 minutes is after 2000 local (summer)
  • Parking: 21 main slots with 50-60 remote parking spots; request in advance
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): may be necessary during the event (not normally necessary)
  • Airport slots: may be required during the event (normally not required)
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available; aviation fuel cards accepted

Notes: The airport accepts aircraft with maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of up to 49,000 lbs. (22 metric tons).

Airport slots may be needed depending on traffic levels, so it’s best to check with your 3rd-party provider.

Lighting is available at this airport until 2000 local.

A mandatory briefing needs to be completed by operators prior to arrival.

Nice (LFMN)

  • AOE: yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Parking: request in advance
  • PPR: required; lead time of 72 hours
  • Airport slots: required; deviations of +10/-5 minutes
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available and aviation fuel cards accepted

Notes: It’s best to request parking, airport slots and PPRs in advance of the event. Any large revisions to a confirmed PPR will start the process again, behind all other requests.

The flight plan must match the airport slots.

Parking confirmations are not released until three weeks before the time of operations.

2. Alternate airports to consider for the event

If LFMD and LFMN parking becomes unavailable, you will be able to drop off and pick up your passengers but will have to reposition the aircraft to another airport. Luckily, there are many options to consider for parking. The following are a few of them:

Genoa (LIMJ)

  • AOE: yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Parking: request in advance
  • PPR: required; lead time of 72 hours
  • Airport slots: not required
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available; aviation fuel cards accepted

Notes: Helicopter connections to and from LFMD are available at this location.

Le Castellet (LFMQ)

  • AOE: yes
  • Operating hours: sunrise-sunset
  • Parking: request in advance
  • PPR: only for night operations
  • Airport slots: not required
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available

Notes: Overtime can be requested for night operations into this airport. In order to qualify for a night flight, the captain is required to have landed at least once during the daytime.

Toulon (LFTH)

  • AOE: upon request
  • Operating hours:
    Monday-Thursday: 0700-2130 local
    Friday: 0700-2300 local
    Saturday: 0900-2030 local
    Sunday: 0900-2130 local
  • Parking: request in advance
  • PPR: required; lead time of 72 hours
  • Airport slots: not required
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available; aviation fuel cards accepted

Notes: This is a military airport, so ensure that the PPR request states the purpose of business and include principal passenger names.

Marseille (LFML)

  • AOE: yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Parking: request in advance
  • PPR: not required
  • Airport slots: not required
  • Ground handling: available
  • Aviation fuel: available

3. Charter permits are needed

Charter permits are needed for both Italy and France. Communicate with your 3rd-party provider about the requirements for each country, as they differ.

4. Hotel and transportation considerations

Hotel prices during the Cannes Film Festival will be higher, with extended cancellation policies. If you book hotels at the last minute, you will likely only have options in remote areas that may involve additional drive time to and from the airport. Ground transportation is also a consideration. With the increase of traffic during this period, choices for transportation will also be limited. Also, drive times overall will be increased due to heightened traffic throughout the area. It’s recommended that transportation, along with hotels, be booked as early as possible.

Conclusion

Preferred aircraft parking hotel and service options for this region during the Cannes Film Festival will be available to operators who plan as early as possible and work with experienced 3rd-party providers. While LFMD is often the first choice for many operators, there are considerations to keep in mind, assuming you are able to confirm aircraft parking. Also, fuel uplifts may be restricted or limited for those departing later on weekends, as fuel deliveries to the airfield are prohibited midnight Friday through Sunday night.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article, contact me at johnperry@univ-wea.com.

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John Perry is an expert on all aspects of international operations, specializing in facilitating trips to special events and negotiating fuel prices. He currently serves as the Team Lead on the Delta Team with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Since joining Universal in 1999, he has facilitated more than 8,500 trip legs. John has also represented Universal at industry tradeshows such as the National Business Aviation Association’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference. John can be reached at johnperry@univ-wea.com.

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