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Airport Hours and Location

Nice Cote d’Azur Airport offers restricted 24-hour access to flyers. The airport is located about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) southwest of the city of Nice in the Alpes-Martimies department of France, at Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206 Nice, France.

Nearby Aircraft

Private jets available for charter to and from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport include the Piaggio Avanti II turboprop, the Citation CJ2+ light jet, the Gulfstream G150 and Hawker 900XP midsize jets, and the Gulfstream G450 and Legacy 650 large jets.

Runways

Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is a civil airport with two bituminous concrete runways. The longer runway is 9,721 feet (2,962 meters) long and 148 feet (45 meters) wide. The elevation of Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is 12 feet (4 meters).

Airport Amenities

The amenities at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport include VIP lounges, shops and restaurants, fast lane access to the boarding area and VIP welcomes. Private jet charter flyers at the airport can also vehicle-to-plane ramp access and luxury ground transportation services.

Private Jet Charter to and from Cote D Azur Airport

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Cote D Azur Airport.

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.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the main point of arrival for visitors to the glamorous French Riviera.

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.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Improvements have been made to the airport to allow more and bigger jets to land with the growing number of tourists.

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.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

More than 13 million people came through “the gateway to the Riviera” in 2017

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

FAQs

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.
ICAO LFMN
IATA NCE
LOCATION Nice, France
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
22L/04R 9712 148 ASP 12
22R/04L 8995 148 ASP 12

FBOs at Cote D Azur Airport, LFMN, NCE

Name Address Phone Website
Air France (334) 932-3265
Aviapartner Terminal Aviation d'Affaires, Aeroport Nice Cote d'Azur, - Nice Cedex 3, F-06281e +33 4 93 21 43 37
Swissport Executive Aviation Aeroport Nice Cote d'Azur Terminal Aviation d'Affaires (334) 932-5812
Aviapartner Nice Sas Aéroport International Nice Côte d'Azur F-06281 Nice Cedex 3 France +33493213737
Signature Flight Support AEROPORT NICE COTE D'AZUR TERMINAL AVIATION D'AFFAIRES 06281 NICE France +33 493 218218
Stars Airlines Services (+216) 70 83 99 50

METAR Weather Data

Cote D Azur Airport
  • Weather Overcast
  • Observed 06:47 PM
  • Temperature 12 °C, 54 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 67%
  • Pressure 1023 mb
  • Cloud Cover 100%
  • Visibility 10%
  • Wind Speed: 4mph, 6km/h
  • Wind Direction: 10°, N

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.
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