As the Spring heaves into view and the sun starts to make its presence felt across Europe, people’s minds naturally begin to drift towards the welcome prospect of summer, and how they intend to spend it. Once Easter has passed, for most people the next major break will be over the summer, and the result is that we see a big spike in the number of jet charter enquiries for the key summer period of May through until August.
One of the principal European destinations remains the South of France, the appeal of which has continued to grow over the course of the years despite the growing popularity of other top destinations such as Ibiza and Sardinia.
For those of you looking at travelling to Provence and the South of France by private jet this year, we thought the below guide might be helpful:
The ‘South of France’ refers to a wide area generally understood to comprise the region of Provence. This is a large and geographically diverse area, stretching from wild scrublands and forest, to wide plains and stunning beaches that run in to the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
Enduringly popular with the glamourous and wealthy, the South of France retains its appeal due to its fantastic climate, accessibility, and luxurious culture of good living, with an abundance of exceptional villas, hotels, restaurants and bars.
Marseille-Provence Airport (IATA: MRS, ICAO: LFML)
Being only a twenty minute drive to the north west of Marseille city centre, this is the ideal airport for those of you looking to head to Provence this summer. It is a large international airport, being the fifth busiest in France in terms of passenger numbers.
Avignon-Provence Airport (IATA: AVN, ICAO: LFMV)
Avignon Airport is the outstanding airport of choice for those travelling by private jet to the region. Situated 8 km’s to the south east of the town of Avignon, the airport boasts a dedicated VIP area for business and private charters as well as a purpose-built lounge for VIP travellers.
The airport is fully equipped to handle charter flights, which have their own passenger and luggage check-in area.
Toulon-Hyeres Airport (IATA: TLN, ICAO: LFTH)
Toulon-Hyeres airport is located 19km’s east of the city of Toulon, located on the Mediterranean coast between Nice and Marseille. The airport has a fully dedicated private jet terminal catering for VIPs and business flights and is considered one of the more convenient airports for those travelling by private jet to Saint Tropez, 30 odd km’s to the east.
Onward helicopter transfers are available.
St. Tropez La Mole Airport (IATA: LTT, ICAO: LFTZ)
Situated approximately 15km’s south west of St. Tropez itself, this is a popular and busy airport during the summer months. Although fully equipped with a dedicated terminal for private jets, the relatively short runway prohibits traffic larger than small jets and turbo props from landing here, with heavier private traffic more often than not landing at Toulon or Nice airports.
St. Tropez airport is able to handle international private charters on request 24 hours in advance.
Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (IATA: CEQ, ICAO: LFMD)
The pincipal airport serving the city of Cannes, and 5km’s to the south west of the city, this is a very popular destination for those travelling by private jet to the French Riviera.
The airport has a dedicated private jet terminal servicing VIP’s, business jets and private charters,
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (IATA: NCE, ICAO: LFMN)
Nice Côte d’Azur is a large international airport handling commercial flights from across Europe and further afield. The airport is the third busiest in France, with the number of passengers and air traffic peaking in the summer months. Located 7km’s west of the Nice city centre, the airport also serves the Principality of Monaco, with a helicopter service linking the two.
The airport has a dedicated terminal for private jet charter and VIP requirements allowing those flying to Nice by private jet to be quickly and efficiently processed and separate to commercial traffic.
For all private jet charter enquiries to Provence, Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera, please request a quote.