When is the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix?
There is no other race quite like the Monaco Grand Prix. True, in the modern era of Formula One, the race has failed to serve up many of the thrills and spills of drive competition that others in the calender do. However, the thin streets of Monaco that make the race so hard to produce overtaking chances are also the very thing that attracts so many motor sport fans.
Of course, the glamorous destination of Monaco means that many VIPs head to the tiny state during the race weekend just to see and be seen among some of the world’s wealthiest people. For any flight planner or private pilot, getting to their chosen destination during such a peak demand period constitutes something of a challenge, to say the least. Of course, some of the best views of the racing can be achieved by arriving in Monaco’s famous harbour and watching it from a luxury yacht.
That said, many hotels have views that overlook the most important turns, such as La Rascasse, the Hotel Hairpin and Casino. If you are thinking about flying to the Monaco Grand Prix in 2020, then what should you take into consideration?
Aviation Planning Options for the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN/NCE) is the closest aviation centre of any size to Monaco and one that is used extensively in the run-up to the race by teams and fans alike. At Flightworx, we can arrange onward transportation for your party or clients from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to Monaco, either by helicopter transfer or by road, a journey of about 35 minutes.
A good range of aircraft ground services are available including refuelling and catering options. There are six or so specialist transportation operators which offer luxury services, as well. Understandably, there is a high demand for these when the Formula One circuit is in town as well as during other top class events in the social calendar, like Monaco’s Yacht Festival, held in the late summer.
Monaco Heliport (LNMC/MCM), referred to locally as the Héliport de Monaco, is located in the district of Fontvieille, to the southern extremity of the Principality. Given the limited air facilities inside Monaco, this may be your best bet for a timely arrival.
Private helicopter transfers from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN/NCE) to one of Monaco Heliport’s eight landing pads require advance booking but you are guaranteed to arrive in style.
Further Airports Serving the Côte d’Azur
La Môle – Saint-Tropez Airport (LFTZ/LTT) is another viable option for the race weekend. However, it is further away than Nice with the onward journey being two hours by road. Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting at level 2 is offered and this can be augmented to levels 3 and 4 if enough notice is given in advance.
Cannes – Mandelieu Airport (LFMD/CEQ) is another useful general aviation airport for Monaco and is only one hour away. However, it has limited parking space and so further arrangements may be necessary.
Unlike Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, neither La Môle – Saint-Tropez Airport or Cannes – Mandelieu Airport are open 24/7 which may somewhat restrict your schedule.
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Grand Prix – 2020
May 21 – 25, 2020
Circuit de Monaco,