Starting in January 2015, Terminals 1 and 2 of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport will benefit from a €30 million renovation project. The works will improve passenger experience, with a focus on retail space and lounge areas.
Nice Cote d’Azur Aiport welcomes tourists from more than 105 direct destinations from New York to Dubai and Moscow, with over 11.6 million passengers passing through the gates every year. “An ambitious future awaits us, opening doors to both members of our commercial group and our customers,” said Dominique Thillaud, CEO of Airports of the French Riviera.
The plans for the airport are set to be conducted in two stages. The first stage is a redesign of terminals 1 and 2 to create a more user-friendly experience for passengers. It will include newly constructed routes through both terminals, plus large walk-through duty free sections linking baggage control with the airport lounges. Within this section, passengers will be able to browse “flagship products of the French Riviera in addition to essential travel items, from an array of brands,” states Filip Soete, Director of the Commercial Business Unit.
New, larger waiting areas and lounges for passengers will also be built, to supplement existing areas where seating is only available at a premium. By constructing new, areas for security control in each terminal, it is anticipated the airport will be in a better position to cope with peak travel times by avoiding long queues. The changes in Terminal 1 are scheduled to be completed by September 2015, after which work will begin on Terminal 2.
“When work is completed in Terminal 2, shops and boutiques will occupy 3,300m2 of terminal space, which is more than double the current figure,” Soete added.
Nice Côte d’Azur is France’s third busiest travel hub, after Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly. It is hoped that the ambitious airport regeneration will help to further secure the French Riviera as a go-to destination in Europe.