For the 9th consecutive year, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport has recorded strong growth in passenger traffic. Two years after passing the symbolic milestone of 13 million passengers, France's second largest hub welcomed 14.485 million passengers in 2019 (excluding business aviation), a 4.6% increase.
"This increase is achieved with an increase in aircraft movements of only 1.8%, as the average aircraft load factor rose from 82 passengers to 130. We have been observing this constant over the last ten years: passenger numbers have grown four times faster than aircraft movements," Dominique Thillaud explains. "The changes in the aircraft fleet have made it possible to reduce the level of emissions by 20% in five years. The reduction in fuel consumption is currently at a level of 30% on modern aircraft".
Committed for more than 15 years to a voluntary approach to reduce its environmental footprint, the first French airport group to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016 has unveiled its programme to achieve, 20 years ahead of its previous announcement, a zero emission of a single gram of greenhouse gases, without offsetting. It also intends to act as a spur for the entire aviation industry by proposing concrete measures to limit the impact of air transport.
"Today, a passenger passing through our terminals represents barely 100 grams of CO2, which is 92% less than the average for European airports and a record as much as an incentive to do even better. These last grams are the most difficult to remove as they confront us with technical or technological barriers, which we will be removing to achieve the objective of no longer emitting a single gram in just 10 years," explains Isabelle Vandrot, head of the Sustainable Development and Environment Department at Côte d'Azur Airports.
Apart from Paris, Nice Côte d'Azur airport is the only French airport to offer 6 long-haul destinations with regular flights (Beijing, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Montreal and New York) and to welcome the A380 in daily flights.