AEROPORT

 
 aeroport
 1 Le Terminal 2 et son architecture résolument contemporaine. - 2 & 3 Le nouvel aménagement de l'aéroport va redéployer et diversifier l'offre restauration sur de nombreux points de vente. - 4 La refonte des terminaux permettra à terme de doubler la surface commerciale. - 5 La mezzanine du Terminal 2 dans sa future configuration.

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur

  • An engine of the economy

10.2015

The airport's passenger traffic boosts the Riviera's tourist industry and job market from Nice through Cannes
to Saint-Tropez.

 

In the distant past the Côte d’Azur was a winter destination, then the railway arrived and the region's economy really took off. Today, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is France's second most important airport after Paris, fortuitously sited on the seafront and catering last year to no less than 11.7 million passengers, and beating records during the main season from late April to mid-October. According to the airport's latest figures (for 2011), it has a total economic impact of €7.04 billion, or 5% of the PACA region's GDP. That figure encompasses the airport's own business but also revenue from third-party use of its infrastructures and knock-on benefits to the local economy. Some 100 companies work at the airport, accounting for the equivalent of nearly 5000 full-time employees. And non-resident customers spend an average of €650 per Riviera visit.

 

From New York to Dubai
Increasing direct routes is now of major strategic importance since many travellers will not contemplate changing planes. In 2014 Nice's airport offered 105 direct routes from its two terminals, and the number is increasing every year. Flights within France and to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America are provided by more than 50 carriers, which translates into greater numbers of business and pleasure visitors. These destinations likewise offer new export opportunities for our regional SMEs' industrial and agricultural products; freight accounts for nearly 10% of revenues from long-haul flights.

 

A showcase worthy of the Côte d’Azur
To continue attracting more travellers the airport is upgrading its services, the idea being to facilitate the customer experience from parking through security controls to disembarking. Terminal 1's revamp is underway and after months of work its new iteration should be unveiled in May 2016, after which Terminal 2 is to be overhauled so as to cope with an additional 4 million travellers. The rest and retail areas are to be virtually doubled in size and the catering completely redesigned to provide around 20 outlets ranging from simplest to high-end. The retailers will include internationally-known regional brands such as Fragonard, Tarte Tropézienne, Vilebrequin, Château Malherbe and Aix & Terra.