Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

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Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur
Aeroport Nice Cote d'Azur logo.svg
Nice airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAéroports de la Côte d'Azur (ACA)
ServesNice, the Côte d'Azur and the Principality of Monaco
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates43°39′55″N 007°12′54″E / 43.66528°N 7.21500°E / 43.66528; 7.21500Coordinates: 43°39′55″N 007°12′54″E / 43.66528°N 7.21500°E / 43.66528; 7.21500
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
LFMN is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Airport in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 2,570 8,432 Bituminous concrete
04R/22L 2,960 9,711 Bituminous concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 29.25 96 Asphaltic concrete
H2 29.25 96 Asphaltic concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 4.1%
Aircraft movements163,808
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 0.7%
Airport data from French AIP.[1]

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (French: Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur, which literally translates into Nice Blue Coast Airport) (IATA: NCE, ICAO: LFMN) is an international airport located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) southwest[2] of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes départment of France. It is the third busiest airport in France and serves as a focus city for Air France and an operating base for easyJet. In 2018, it handled 13,850,561 passengers. The airport is positioned 7 km (4 mi) west of the city centre, and is the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur.

Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as the city-state's airport, with helicopter service linking the principality and airport.[4] Some airlines market Monaco as a destination via Nice Airport.[5]


Terminal 1
Terminal 2
Control tower
The airport with Nice seen in the background

The airport covers an area of over 3.70 km2 (1.43 sq mi), with 2.70 km2 (1.04 sq mi) used by its two parallel runways and the three passenger terminals and freight terminal. The airport's theoretical capacity is 13 million annual passengers and 52 movements (26 landings) per hour. Terminals 1 and 2 are linked by courtesy shuttle buses that also connect the car parks with the terminals.

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 features 25 gates on a space of 52,000 m2 (560,000 sq ft). It features flights to domestic, Schengen and non-Schengen destinations and has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers per year. A business center is located at Terminal 1 containing eight rooms and a conference room with a capacity of 250 people.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is the newer and larger facility and has 29 gates on a space of 57,800 m2 (622,000 sq ft) and is also equipped to handle flights to all destinations. It has a capacity of 8.5 million passengers per year.

Business Aviation Terminal[edit]

The Business Aviation Terminal, located next to Terminal 2, covers an area of 1,500 m2 (16,000 sq ft). Opened in 2010, this terminal contains the operations rooms, VIP lounges, crew lounges and offices of several business aviation companies.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Nice:[7]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens[8]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Cork,[9] Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Algérie Algiers, Constantine
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn (begins 1 May 2020)[10]
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau (resumes 8 May 2020)[11]
Air China Seasonal: Beijing–Capital[12]
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Athens, Beirut, Tel Aviv
Air France Hop Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Metz/Nancy, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg
Seasonal: La Rochelle,[13] Pau, Quimper
Air Moldova Chișinău[14]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade[15]
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
APG Airlines Bergamo[16]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk[17]
Blue Air Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca[18]
British Airways London–City, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Stansted,[19] Manchester[19]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Chalair Aviation Limoges
Seasonal: Agen,[20] Bergerac[20]
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York–JFK
easyJet[21] Amsterdam,[22] Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux, Bristol, Brussels, Faro,[23] Geneva, Lille, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Porto, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Agadir,[24] Belfast–International, Biarritz, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Menorca (begins 22 June 2020),[25] Mykonos, Newcastle upon Tyne, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tangier[24]
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
El Al Tel Aviv[26]
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Gulf Air Bahrain (begins 2 July 2020)[27]
Heli Air Monaco Monaco[a]
Heli Securite Seasonal: St. Tropez[28]
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Madrid
Seasonal: Ibiza, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca Birmingham (begins 22 May 2020),[29] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Kuwait Airways Seasonal: Kuwait City[30]
La Compagnie Seasonal: Newark[31]
Lauda Seasonal: Stuttgart[32]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Middle East Airlines Seasonal: Beirut
Monacair Monaco[33][a]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen, Gothenburg, Stavanger, Trondheim
Nouvelair Monastir, Tunis
Qatar Airways Doha[34]
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Dublin, London–Stansted
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo[35]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Aarhus, Bergen,[36] Gothenburg, Stavanger, Trondheim
SkyUp Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil[37]
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TAROM Bucharest
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Marrakech, Ostend/Bruges[38]
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[39]
Twin Jet Milan–Malpensa
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark (begins 2 May 2020)[40]
Volotea Nantes (begins 10 April 2020),[41] Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Luxembourg, Málaga, Malta, Palermo, Pau, Rennes, Split[42]
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest,[43] Kraków,[44] Kutaisi,[45] Sofia, Vienna,[46] Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin[47]
  1. ^ a b by helicopter


ASL Airlines France Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation Malta, Marseille
FedEx Feeder Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Passengers per Year
Year Passengers Change
2018 13,850,561 Increase04.1%
2017 13,304,782 Increase07.1%
2016 12,427,511 Increase03.4%
2015 12,016,730 Increase03.1%
2014 11,660,208 Increase00.9%
2013 11,554,251 Increase03.3%
2012 11,189,896 Increase07.4%
2011 10,422,073 Increase08.5%
2010 9,603,014 Decrease02.3%
2009 9,830,987 Decrease05.3%

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located on the western end of the Promenade des Anglais. Buses go between the airport and the Gare de Nice-Ville railway station (route 99 -discontinued-) and Nice-Riquier railway station (route 98). The train station Nice-Saint-Augustin is near the airport (15 minutes by foot). Since December 2018, Nice tramway line no2 connects the Airport to the Magnan interchange to the West of the City centre. The route will then continue to the Harbour via the city centre in 2019-2020.

Société Naviplane Ferry[edit]

In 1969 an experimental and short-lived ferry service utilized two N.300 Naviplane hovercrafts. The airport was connected to Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Monaco and San-Remo.[48]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 9 April 1949, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BATU of Air France overran the runway and was damaged beyond economic repair.[49]
  • On 3 March 1952, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BCUM of Air France crashed shortly after take-off killing all 38 people on board. The cause of the accident was that the aileron controls had jammed. The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Nice to Orly Airport, Paris.[50]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic". Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Nice Côte d'Azur Airport: 2015 airport statistics". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Airports Serving Monaco". Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Route Map" in 1993, Trans World Airlines
  6. ^ "Nice Côte d'Azur Airport". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  7. ^ - Flight Info retrieved 29 September 2019
  8. ^ "Book a flight". Aegean Airlines. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Cork Airport Welcomes New Aer Lingus Routes To Nice And Dubrovnik". Cork Airport. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "airBaltic adds Tallinn – Nice service from May 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air Canada moves Nice to Mainline service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
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  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "HOP! adds seasonal domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
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  16. ^ Dominique Gobert (15 September 2016). "APG lance sa propre compagnie aérienne, APG Airlines!" (in French). Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  17. ^ L, J (12 February 2014). "Belavia Adds Krasnodar and Nice Service from late-April 2014". Airline Roites. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  18. ^ Blue Air anunţă noi rute (in Romanian)
  19. ^ a b "Launch of Seven New Routes from Manchester". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  20. ^ a b Thierry Blancmont (1 February 2019). "Chalair reliera Agen et Bergerac à Lyon et Nice". Air Journal (in French). Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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  22. ^ "easyJet announces six new routes from Amsterdam and strengthens its links between The Netherlands and the UK". EasyJet. 14 October 2014.
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  24. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "easyJet schedules new routes in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim. "easyJet S20 new routes as of 27DEC19". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  26. ^ רוזנבלום, עירית (25 October 2018). "אל על תחל לטוס לניס שבריביירה הצרפתית באביב". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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  30. ^ Ltd. 2019, UBM (UK). "Kuwait Airways to resume Nice service in S19". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  31. ^ Schlappig, Ben (4 December 2018). "La Compagnie's Nice Flight Now On Sale: $1,200 Roundtrip Fares". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Laudamotion outlines S19 Stuttgart network". 18 October 2018.
  33. ^ "Air France se pose à Monaco". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  34. ^ "Qatar Airways Launches Direct Service To Nice" (Press release). 4 July 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  35. ^ Liu, Jim (20 December 2018). "S7 Airlines S19 Regional / International service changes as of 04JAN19". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  36. ^ "SAS S19 European network additions". Airline Route. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  37. ^ "SkyUp".
  38. ^ "Vols nice - Billets d'avion nice - TUI fly, avant Jetairfly". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  39. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
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  41. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 network additions as of 10OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  42. ^ "VOLOTEA - Cheap flights, offers and plane tickets to Europe". 11 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  43. ^ "Wizz Air thrives in Hungary". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  44. ^ "Wizz Air will fly from Krakow. Cheap carrier will open 12 routes from the capital of Lesser Poland". 21 November 2018.
  45. ^ Liu, Jim (17 July 2019). "Wizz Air boosts Kutaisi network from Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  46. ^ "Wien: Wizzair kündigt neun weitere Strecken an". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  47. ^ "Welcome to the world of opportunity!". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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  49. ^ "F-BATU Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  50. ^ "F-BCUM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.

External links[edit]

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