Lilium Announces Flights to South of France in 2026

Render of a Lilium jet over the south of France.
Image Credit: Lilium

Lilium, a developer of electric vertical take-off and landing jets (eVTOL), has joined forces with UrbanV (an Italian vertiport network operator) and Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (managing Nice Côte d’Azur airport) to bring a revolutionary transportation network to the region.

Launching in 2026, the network will connect popular destinations like Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Golfe de Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille with speedy, eco-friendly eVTOL flights.

The French Riviera, a region synonymous with glamour, luxury, and idyllic Mediterranean escapes, is about to take a leap forward in sustainable transportation.

Revolutionizing Regional Travel

Scheduled for launch in 2026, this network will transform how travelers experience the French Riviera.

Imagine whisking between iconic destinations like Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille in a fraction of the time currently required by car.

Lilium’s eVTOL jets, with their quiet operation and zero emissions, will provide a fast, comfortable, and eco-friendly travel option.

This project represents a first-of-its-kind partnership in the region. Lilium, UrbanV, and Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur are joining forces to develop a comprehensive eVTOL network.

The initial phase will focus on key locations, including Nice Côte d’Azur airport, the second-largest airport in France, along with Cannes Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports.

Discussions are underway to expand the network further, with potential vertiport locations in Sophia Antipolis, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille expected to be finalized by the end of 2024.

Aerial render of future Orlando International Airport vertiport facility.

Vertiport Operations

Environmental consciousness is a core value for the Côte d’Azur region. Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, an ambitious goal that aligns perfectly with the capabilities of Lilium Jets.

These eVTOL aircraft boast zero operating emissions and near-silent operation, significantly reducing noise pollution compared to traditional helicopters.

UrbanV’s vertiports will further contribute to this eco-friendly approach by providing sustainable ground infrastructure specifically designed for eVTOLs.

These vertiports will ensure safe, efficient, and seamless operations, while also prioritizing passenger comfort with innovative technologies and streamlined processes.

Benefits for Travelers and the Region

The introduction of this eVTOL network offers a multitude of benefits for both travelers and the region itself.

Passengers can expect a faster and more convenient way to explore the South of France. Furthermore, the network is expected to create a positive economic impact.

Streamlined travel times will encourage increased business travel and tourism within the region.

Additionally, the development of vertiports and the operation of eVTOL flights will create new job opportunities. This will contribute to the economic dynamism of the South of France.

Stakeholder Comments

Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, views this collaboration as a transformative step. He sees it as a move towards a more sustainable future for regional air mobility.

He highlights the unique opportunity to leverage the region’s coastline for eVTOL operations. It directly connects key economic, cultural, and tourist destinations in a way that minimizes environmental impact.

Carlo Tursi, CEO of UrbanV, emphasizes the network’s potential to revolutionize short-distance transportation.

UrbanV’s vision aligns with this project, aiming to provide a fast, efficient, safe, and clean alternative to existing transportation options.

Side view of Lilium eVTOL aircraft

The company aspires to become a major player in the global vertiport network landscape. Their involvement in the South of France positions them at the forefront of the sector. They will support the establishment of some of the world’s first commercially viable Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) routes.

Sebastien Borel, CCO of Lilium, underscores the significance of this collaboration. He characterizes Lilium as a European company with a global vision. Lilium is proud to contribute to the creation of the first regional eVTOL network in the South of France.  

It represents the first commercially viable network in the entire European Union. Lilium recognizes the immense potential of the region. The company is eager to see its eVTOL jets grace the skies of the French Riviera in the near future.


The impending arrival of Lilium Jets in the South of France signifies a new era for sustainable travel. This innovative network, built on collaboration and a commitment to environmental responsibility, promises to transform how we experience this iconic region.

With faster connections, a lighter footprint, and a touch of futuristic flair, the future of exploring the French Riviera is set to take flight.

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