The most popular country for private jet travel in Europe, France has major attractions for both the business and leisure private aviation user. Many travel on domestic routes, others fly in from the UK, Switzerland, Germany and other parts of Europe. And some destinations are popular for private jet charter to France from the USA and other long haul itineraries.
Here we highlight some of the key areas of France for private jet travel.
Famous for its history, culture, gastronomy and the headquarters for many major international companies, Paris is one of the most important cities for tourism and business in the world. Geographically in the centre of Europe, it is the busiest destination for private jet travel in France.
Most private jet customers choose Paris le Bourget when departing or arriving into the French capital. The exclusive, 24-hour private jet airport is the single busiest private jet airport in the whole of Europe, with around 50,000 aircraft movements each year.
The runway at Le Bourget can handle private jet aircraft of any size and it has a choice of 8 different FBOs (private jet terminals) for private jet customers and crew.
London Luton – Paris le Bourget (one-way)
Aircraft: Citation Mustang
Flight time: 1 hour
Charter price: £5,500
After Paris, the glamorous French Riviera (or Cote d'Azur) in the South of France is the second most important French region for private jet travel. With VIP events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival taking place in the area, and a magnet for property investors and luxury travellers from all over the world, the area is busy all year, but particularly between May and September.
The Cote d’Azur offers several choices of airport for private jet customers, with Nice Cote d’Azur and Cannes Mandelieu the most popular. Nice is open 24-hours and can handle jets of all sizes, up to VIP converted airliners. Cannes Mandelieu is an exclusive private jet airport and well-positioned for the Cannes Film Festival. See our blog post: Should I land at Nice or Cannes?
Monaco has a helipad, which is very busy with private helicopter charter flights in the spring and summer months. Other smaller private jet airports in the area include St Tropez and Toulon Hyeres.
London – Nice (one-way)
Aircraft: Citation CJ2
Charter price: €8,500
New York Teterboro – Nice Cote d'Azur (3-night return)
Aircraft: Gulfstream G400
Charter price: $79,500
France is home to some of Europe’s premier ski resorts, taking a large share of the Alps mountain range within its borders. Mont Blanc on the border with Italy is the tallest peak in Europe. The country also shares an alpine border with Switzerland.
Megève, Courchevel, Val d'Isère, Meribel and Chamonix are some of the French resorts that are particularly popular with private jet travellers.
Chambéry Airport is very popular for private jet flights to French ski resorts, offering 24-hour access and its runway can handle private jets of all sizes.
Courchevel has its own airport just minutes from the resort, but its short and sloping runway means it is only available to limited aircraft types and helicopters.
Grenoble Airport and Annecy Airport also offer good promixity to some ski resorts, and being slightly further away, can offer better availability in very busy periods – and are less vulnerable to adverse weather conditions.
Many private jet travellers heading to French resorts also fly into Geneva or Sion Airports, across the Swiss border, with a ground or helicopter transfer to their resort.
London Luton – Chambéry (2-night return)
Aircraft: Embraer Phenom 100
Flight time: 1 hr 36 mins
Charter price: £8,900