With passenger traffic up by 4.1% to 13.85 million travellers in 2018, Nice Côte d’Azur has consolidated its position as France’s second-largest airport platform. The rise in direct destinations in France and abroad has fuelled the natural growth of traffic and connections for tourists.
For the eighth year in succession, Nice Côte d'Azur airport has seen strong growth in passenger traffic. One year after breaking through the symbolic barrier of 13 million passengers, France’s second platform came close to the 14-million mark, with 13.85 travellers, or an increase of more than half a million, and has now seen eight consecutive months per year with more than one million passengers. At the same time, there were fewer aircraft movements at Nice Côte d’Azur last year. This apparent contradiction can be explained by the appeal of the destination that enables airlines to achieve record-breaking load factors of up to 99% in the peak summer period, while the growth in traffic is also being fuelled by the use of more modern and less polluting aircraft.
In the summer of 2018, Nice Côte d’Azur reached the unprecedented number of 117 direct destinations, of which 17 were new. The growth of connections continued in the winter season, with 12 new destinations. More importantly, the rise in passenger traffic in the winter season was up by 7.8% on 2017, which was even higher than the growth in the summer season (+2.6% versus 2017).
Year after year, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport welcomes more and more visitors from foreign countries. Last year, international flights carried more than 9 million passengers, up 4.8% on 2017, while traffic on domestic flights grew by 2.8%.
While Europe, and the United Kingdom in particular, remains the main provenance of these visitors, long-haul connections are fuelling arrivals from the east coast of the United States or the Gulf states.
Support of this development, in June 2018, Nice Côte d’Azur announced its project to extend Terminal 2, which will ultimately have six additional aircraft stands capable of receiving long- and medium-haul flights. This extension will increase the capacity of the platform to 18 million passengers by 2021, while Terminal 1 will receive two additional gates at the same time.
Article published on 8 January 2019