Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
The Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is 5.9 kilometres south-west of Nice, France. It is the main point of entry for visitors to the Cote d’Azur. It is the busiest airport in France after the two airports near Paris and also serves the Principality of Monaco. Helicopter service is available from the airport to the city of Monaco. There are 2 passenger terminals in the airport, 1 freight terminal, and 8 car parks that are connected by courtesy shuttle buses that have wheelchair access.
History of Nice Airport
In 1918, there were postal flights between Nice and Corsica. In the late 1920s, the Cote d’Azur Airport was built and used for the Nice Flying Club. The airport was used as an air force base during World War II. In 1944, a hard-surface runway was installed. The airport was the main destination for tourists from the 1950s to the 1980s and another runway was built in 1978.
There is one low cost open air car park behind Terminal 2, three car parks that have direct access or are nearby Terminals 1 and 2 and two secure car parks of which one is near Terminal 1 and the other underground near Terminal 2. Parking for people with reduced mobility and long-term parking are available.
The airport has six car rental companies located on the arrivals level. At Terminal 1, they are at gates A1/A2 on the right side of the Information Desk. In Terminal 2, they are between gates A2 and A3. Rental cars are collected and returned at the Car Rental Centre Terminal 2 behind the P5 car park. After 10:00 p.m., there is a free Terminal 2 shuttle from the arrivals gate A0 at Terminal 1. From Terminal 2, passengers can walk.
There are excellent restaurants, cafes, and bars in each terminal as well as extensive shopping and Duty Free stores. Two Visitor’s Lounges are available with a team of staff to help passengers learn about the places to visit in Nice and Monaco and make hotel reservations.
Passengers with reduced mobility should inform their airline at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure time if they need assistance. Airport personnel will also help if they are informed when the passenger arrives at the airport. A call kiosk is outside the airport for calling for assistance. Passengers must arrive two hours before their flight for assistance from the call kiosk.
There is left luggage and luggage wrapping facilities in the airport as well as porters. Lost luggage should be reported to the specific airline. The airport has a Health Zone. In Terminal 2, there is a pharmacy and in Terminal 1, level 1 there is a vaccination centre.
Terminal 1 has nursery reserved areas in the public zone at the entrance to P2 car-park and near the business aviation sector. In the restricted zone, nursery areas are at boarding lounges A and B and in the luggage delivery hall. In Terminal 2, the nursery areas are in the ladies’ toilets in the public zone and in the restricted zone. There are play areas in both terminals.
Business centres include a personal welcome for passengers with meeting rooms and offices. Club lounges offer drinks and snacks, free Wifi, fax, telephone, Internet access, newspapers and magazines. Passengers can pay for admission at the entrance to the Club lounges or at the Service Centres. Service Centres are in both terminals and offer to help passengers in several ways. Passengers can send a fax, print a document from a USP drive, consult lost and found, send letters, and more.
Flights can be chartered from the airport for business or leisure travel. There is ground handling, customs and immigration, concierge services and catering as well as a passenger lobby.