The roots of Nice’s airport can be traced back to 1920s, but it was not until 1944 when major investments into a hard-surface runway were made.
As the name of the city’s main street – the Promenade des Anglais – suggests, this destination was discovered very early by British tourists, who were then followed by Germans and visitors of many other nationalities. The increasing influx of tourists thus led to the continued growth of the airport.
Today NCE is a well-equipped, two-terminal and two-runway structure that has received many awards for excellent performance. Nevertheless, the airport has opted to put off any gigantic development plans, at least for the time being. NCE still has some space for growth, and while passenger numbers do not approach the airport’s annual capacity of 13 million, NCE will not expand its terminal space. Rather, it is investing into a number of accompanying facilities, such as a car park for 2600 vehicles and a new care rental centre costing 51 million EUR.
Two parallel runways handle about 322 flights per day Currently tends to 10 million passengers per year, or 77% of the airport’s capacity
A direct bus from the Nice Côte d’Azu airport to the city of Nice costs 4 EUR.
A direct helicopter charter to Monaco starts from 100 EUR.