Saturday, 30 August 2008

Mandelieu Airport - Cannes

Located right on the coast line of the crystal blue Mediterranean sea, it is understandable why the VIPs and film stars sense a ping of excitement as they glide down on final approach towards landing on runway 35 over the calm sea, home to the glitzy spectacle just a few miles along the coast at Cannes.

Not a cargo hub by any means, there are still thirteen hangars offering more than 18,000 m² of space for private pilots and companies wishing to house or park their aircraft here at Cannes Mandelieu Airport which accommodates up to 190 parked aircraft.

The passenger statistics demonstrate how skewed the aircraft to passenger ratio is here: For example in 2003, the passenger numbers of 49,200 were overwhelmed by the individual aircraft movements totalling 71,200 in the same year. This hints at how the popularity of CEQ is finding favour with amateur pilots flying for leisure.

Quirkily, the airport operators offer a free scenery add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator, to replicate the experience of landing at CEQ / LFMD in detail, something which connects with amateur fliers practising by simulation.

Cannes Mandelieu airport has existed in this location since the 1930’s and whilst future development plans are for an expansion in to a business park, no major increase in capacity is likely.

The rules governing this medium sized airport restrict aircraft heavier than 22 tonnes from using this aerodrome. Unlike most larger international gateways like Madrid airport, Cannes Mandelieu airport is closed to aircraft at night. Operations here, run from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, making it an ideal pairing with VFR pilots.

Cannes Mandelieu Airport is intended to serve the French Riviera as a hub for business and tourism, and is synonymous with the Cannes film festival. Therefore, it is no surprise that travel connections, executive facilities, quality catering, and limousine transfers are well provisioned at this desirable destination close to Nice.

Map of Cannes Mandelieu Airport:

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