Cote D Azur Airport (LFMN) - Jet Charter Services
The French Riviera, long the playground of the rich and famous, lies along the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Italy.
The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, located in the southwest portion of the city, is the main point of arrival for visitors to the glamorous French Riviera. Although it’s located in Nice, it is also the main airport for Cannes, which is 20 miles southwest and Monaco, which is 14 miles east. Although driving distances are short, helicopter service is also available to elite travelers in a hurry.
More than 10 million air passengers fly in and out of Nice Côte d’Azur (“Blue Coast”), the third largest airport in France, every year. They are drawn, as they have always been, by an almost ideal climate with plenty of sun almost every day of the year and summer highs of about 86 degrees and winter lows of about 50 degrees.
The view is breathtaking for visitors about to land on the runways at Nice.
The Cote d’Azur Airport offers easy access by private charter jet to Monaco, St. Tropez, the Antibes and other attractions in the Provence region. The famous Promenade des Anglais with its historic architecture has many cultural and dining destinations along the sands - and pebbles - of the beach.
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport history
Nice has had a place in aviation history dating back to 1910 when its airshow drew large crowds.
Air shows continued as postal flights between Nice and Corsica began in 1918. Nice Cote d’Azur Airport was commissioned by the Air Ministry of France and privately run in the late 1920s. It became a government airport in 1937.
Like most strategic airfields, Côte d’Azur Airport was used during the military in the two World Wars.
Major development began after the wars with the installation of a hard-surface runway in the 1940s. That opened up flight service to Paris, which is 420 miles northwest.
By 1960, a million passengers a year flew in and out of Nice. Since that time, improvements have been made to the airport to allow more and bigger jets to land with the growing number of tourists.
The busy airport added a second runway in 1978 when it reclaimed land by dredging and back-filling the sea.
There are two modern terminals at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport. Terminal 1 can handle more than four million passengers a year; the newer Terminal 2, built in 1987, can handle more than eight million passengers. The heaviest travel season is between April and October.
And the airport keeps breaking records, growing every year. More than 13 million people came through “the gateway to the Riviera” in 2017. The airport attributes the growth to improvements in the quality and speed of service provided to its passengers.
The airport has its mission statement on its website:
- We must measure up to the Côte d’Azur “myth” and place our passion and know-how at the service of regional development.
- We believe that each passenger is unique and must see in us, quality service, simplicity, pleasure and serenity, in order to extend the pleasure of travelling.
- We believe that our airports can be international and high-tech while remaining human-sized and close to their customers.
- We wish to see our airports become reference airports in terms of sustainable development.
- More than just a crossing point, we wish to create genuine living centres, places for meeting, exchanging and sharing.
Airport Information for Cote D Azur Airport (LFMN, NCE)
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What is the airport code for Nice Côte d’Azur Airport?
Nice’s IATA airport code is NCE and its ICAO airport code is LFMN.
How can I hire a private charter jet to Nice?
Paramount Business Jets and other private charter jet companies can arrange flights into and out of the heart of the French Riviera.
What is the Villefranche-sur-Mer?
The Villefranche-sur-Mer is a resort town between Nice and Monaco that has been used in the filming of several famous films, including “To Catch a Thief,” “Never Say Never Again,” “The Jewel of the Nile” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Steve Martin.” The resort was also used by the Rolling Stones when they recorded “Exile on Main Street.” The deep water off Villefranche is used as a mooring spot by luxury cruise liners.
Villefranche is a strategic port city that has been fought over - and changed hands - many times since the ancient Greeks and Romans used the harbor as a stopover. Villefranche had been under the rule of Italy, Turkey, Sardinia and Savoy before being given back to France in 1860. Since then, it has been the winter home of royalty and the extremely wealthy. Villa Leopolda, built by King Leopold of Belgium on the hills above Villefranche, was once considered the most expensive house in the world. It is rumored to be owned or to have recently been owed by Bill Gates.
What celebrities live on the French Riviera?
With beautiful surroundings and even more beautiful weather, the French Riviera has drawn many famous and important people in its history, including Picasso, Robert Louis Stevenson, Renoir, Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Julian Lennon, Johnny Depp and Sean Connery.
Elton John has a villa in Nice. The knighted British singer Elton John’s summer home is an estate built in the 1920s that is perched on a hill high above Nice with views of the Alps and the bay area.
Bono has an estate in Eze-Sur-Mer. U2 singer Bono has had a place on the French Riviera since the early 1990s when, it has been reported, he paid almost $6 million for a place to entertain pals like Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the now-divorced power couple, continue to jointly run the Miraval Vineyard at the Chateau Miraval, an enormous chateau surrounded by a moat and a vineyard on 1,200 acres. The couple bought the estate in 2011 for $60 million.
Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen has several swanky digs including a lavish hilltop mansion, The Villa Maryland, in St. Jean Cap-Ferrat. It has been reported that he has a year-round full-time staff of 12 to take care of the property. Who lives nearby? Bono and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Things to do and see in Nice
The city of Nice on the French Riviera is filled with beautiful architecture, beaches, flower shops and artwork of every kind.
- The Colline de Chateau (Castle Hill), located 328 feet above Nice, is a great place to take in the view. The castle is in ruins but no matter. It’s a great place to picnic, overlooking the Mediterranean coast.
The Museum of Asian Art, located next to the airport along the Promenade des Anglais, has a large collection of Chinese, Japanese, South-East Asian and Indian art. Best of all, admission is free.
- Phoenix Park has more than 2,500 species of plants. Located on the main promenade of Nice, its botanical gardens are a place of peace and serenity. Phoenix Park also has a large glass structure in which tropical plants are grown.
- The Jardin Botanique de la Ville de Nice, another botanical garden, is an ideal place to relax and get away from the busy city streets. When it was only built in 1983, there were 100 different kinds of plants. Today, there are more than 3,500 floral species representing the world’s climatic zones.
- The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, home to modern art like Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Can, also has a beautiful rooftop garden. Whether you’re an art expert or an art novice, it’s an amazing place to visit.
- For visitors seeking more historic works of art, The Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts) is the showplace for works of artists such as Monet and Rodin. Visitors give donations instead of paying a set admission charge.
- The basilica, Sainte Reparata Cathedral, is located in Vieux Nice (the Old Town district). The baroque style building’s design and Genoese tile is a reminder of the city’s Italian heritage.
- The Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, Nice’s largest church, is a reminder of the city’s French heritage. (Nice seceded from Italy in 1860.)
- A short walk from the Promenade des Anglais and Old Town is the city’s most impressive town square, Place Massena. It is ringed with Italian architecture.
- The Zone Pietonne (Pedestrian Zone) is the place to go to eat - whatever strikes your fancy. You will find Italian, French, Spanish, Nocoise and other international restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bakeries there. It is a small street that is connected to the Promenade des Anglais. When you are full, there are a lot of clothing and trinket shops to peruse.
FBOs and Handlers at Cote D Azur Airport, LFMN, NCE
|Air France||(334) 932-3265|
|Aviapartner||General Aviation Terminal||+33 4 93 21 43 37|
|Swissport Executive Aviation||TERMINAL 1 06281 AEROPORT||(334) 932-5812|
|Aviapartner Nice Sas||AÃ©roport International Nice CÃ´te d'Azur
F-06281 Nice Cedex 3
|Signature Flight Support||AEROPORT NICE COTE D'AZUR
TERMINAL AVIATION D'AFFAIRES
|+33 493 218218|
|Stars Airlines Services||(+216) 70 83 99 50|
METAR Weather Data at Cote D Azur Airport, LFMN, NCE
|OBSERVED||Sun Mar 24, 11:30 UTC|
|NOW||Sun Mar 24, 11:36 UTC|
|AGE||6 min ago|
|WIND||SSE at 3 mph|
|VISIBILITY||greater than 7 miles|
|BAROMETER||1022 hPa (30.18 in Hg)|
|METAR||LFMN 241130Z 15003KT CAVOK 17/10 Q1022 NOSIG|