• Cannes Yachting Festival (CYF) debuts this week in the French Riviera
  • Over 50,000 people visited last year and half of the visitors were international
  • GlobeAir, partners of CYF and Ferretti Group, is operating air taxi flights to Cannes Mandelieu airports

14th September 2017 – The Cannes Yachting Festival (12-17 September) marks the beginning of the boat show season in Europe and GlobeAir, the leading air taxi operator in Europe, fis for the first time one of the show’s sponsors.  It is also the exclusive air charter partner of the Ferretti Group, the world´s largest luxury yacht manufacturer, underlining its commitment to excellence.

The company, which owns and operate 16 Mustang jets, estimates that this summer the number of flights it operated into Nice, Olbia, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga airports between June and August this year – popular amongst those holidaying on yachts – was on average 16% higher than last year, and 24.3% more than in 2015.

Airport Percentage increase in business aircraft flights August 2017 compared to August 2016
Nice Cote D’Azur 9%
Olbia Costa Smeralda 4%
Ibizia 8.4%
Palma de Mallorca 5.2%
Malaga 8.2%
Mikonos 20.7%

For the market as whole, overall business aviation flights to these airports was up between 4% and 20.7% in August compared to the same month last year.

Mauro De Rosa, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer of GlobeAir, comments: “Growth in the yacht market is playing a key role in growing demand for private jets. 

“There are now more than 5,000 super yachts in service and close to 500 more expected to complete construction by 2020.(2) Furthermore, the global yacht charter market is set to increase at over 7% CAGR between now and 2026.(3)

Private jet is the preferred mode of transport for people to reach their yachts as it allows extreme flexibility along with the possibility to book the flight with a very limited notice.” 

GlobeAir’s fleet of Citation Mustang jets is able to connect to more than 1,500 airports around Europe and North Africa, including those with a short runway not accessible to commercial airlines. Travelers appreciate the advantages of being able to cover multiple business destinations in the same day, with a flexible departure time according to their own schedule.