Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.

This is a post by author Isabelle Canton. Isabelle is the senior Universal Aviation representative – south of France for Universal Aviation France, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in Paris, Le Bourget. Isabelle is an expert on business aircraft operations in southern France and can be contacted at cantonisabelle@universalaviation.aero.

The two largest events on the Cote d’Azur – the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – will run back to back this year putting additional demands on general aviation (GA) infrastructure, airport slots, parking, support services, crew accommodations and local transport options.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Event times

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival runs May 17-28 with the Monaco Grand Prix taking place May 25-28 just next door in the Principality of Monaco. Last year these two events were split up, but this year they both coincide at the end of May. Primary airports will be Nice (LFMN) and Cannes (LFMD), with both mandating airport slots and prior permission required (PPR).

2. Special procedures for LFMD

Authorities are putting into place special slot and prior permission required (PPR) mandates for LFMD for the May 17-29 period. Airport slots will be needed for all arrivals/departures at LFMD along with PPR for parking. While the AIP update has not yet been published it will outline applicable restrictions and operating procedures. During this period any schedule changes of more than 20 minutes will require cancellation of approved slots and the need to reapply.

3. Applying for slots and PPRs for LFMD

LFMD slots and PPRs are applied for at the same time and this should be done ASAP. As only registered users may apply for slots online it will typically be your local ground handler who requests and coordinates slots/PPR. Once an available slot and PPR has been obtained you’ll receive a confirmation – one number for both – and this needs to be placed in Remarks section 18 of the flight plan.

4. Slots and PPR at LFMN

LFMN requires airport slots and a PPR throughout the year. For these events, once your requested schedule is granted for LFMN as long as you’re operating dates remain the same it’s now possible to modify slot times without losing your other existing slot and parking approvals. It’s important to note that if the dates change, the slots will be cancelled and you will be placed at the end of the list for new slots and parking. Previously, if you had even requested a schedule change all existing slot and parking approvals would have automatically been cancelled. This is a new change for LFMN only. It’s anticipated that midday on May 28 will be the busiest period of GA activity, with slots not likely to be available until the evening of the 29th.

Note that if you experience a delay on departure, you’ll likely be taken back to your parking spot, causing additional delays for the operator.

5. CIQ clearance

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is possible at LFMN 24 hours. From 0900-2100 local you’ll clear in the general aviation terminal (GAT) and outside these hours you’ll be cleared either in the main terminal or the GAT, at CIQ’s discretion. Once the aircraft arrives at LFMN, or when crew/passengers are ready at the airport for departure, CIQ authorities will confirm the clearance location. For LFMD, CIQ clearance is always accomplished in the main terminal and the process is usually quick.

6. Visa and passport requirements

Certain nationalities require Schengen visas and if needed they must be obtained prior to arrival. If crew or passengers require Schengen visas but do not have them they’ll be deported. At this time U.S. nationals do not need Schengen visas for travel to or within the European Union (EU). For all travel in this region we recommend passenger/crew passports have at least three months remaining validity, beyond intended length of stay.


If you’re planning to attend the 2017 Cannes Film Festival or Monaco Grand Prix and have not yet requested airport slots and parking it’s important to make these arrangement ASAP. We expect parking at both LFMN and LFMD to fill up over this busy period.

Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers aircraft parking, in-flight catering and hotel information for the area.


If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to southern France, contact me at cantonisabelle@universalaviation.aero.