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Formula 1 Grand Prix de France 2022

Le Castellet International Airport
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Le Castellet International Airport

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Grand Prix brings action to Le Castellet International
The skies were buzzing above Le Castellet International airport as it enjoyed a busy Grand Prix weekend. In the air were all the usual jets and helicopters, plus a former jet ski world champion on a flyboard.
The French Formula 1 Grand Prix proved to be a great weekend for Le Castellet International airport's business.
Read this story in our August 2019 printed issue.

With more than 85 aircraft movements, 120 helicopter rotations, 53 helicopter first flights and more than 700 passengers, Le Castellet International Airport celebrated a successful weekend during the French Formula 1 Grand Prix in June.

In addition to the management of commercial traffic, the team also coordinated a number of aerial activities before the start of the Grand Prix. These included jetman Franky Zapata who flew above the fans; the Rafale Marine aircraft; a helicopter demonstration on the racing circuit lake; and the high-precision landing of GIGN, the French gendarmerie intervention squad who brought the Grand Prix trophy. Drones and helicopters in charge of filming and broadcasting the Formula 1 race were also in contact with the airport's staff.

The weekend was an intense one for the airport's team. The Formula 1 air operations manager says: “The aircraft parking lot was perfectly situated, the staff were very kind and helpful, as were the operations and security teams. Despite the difficulties to overcome, everything ran well for us. The help from the staff was really appreciated.”

Airport CEO Stéphane Clair adds: “Congratulations to all, the success of the operation is down to teamwork on the circuit and the tasks accomplished by the airport staff.”

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