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Riviera Pebbles Blog: Nice Airport beats the trend

Posted on 12th Mar 2014 in Nice News


Nice Airport is expanding

Its network reach also spread over the last five years. Few regional airports connect to Moscow, New York, Montreal, Istanbul, Qatar and Dubai. In private aviation terms, Nice Airport is now Europe’s third most popular destination, behind Geneva and Paris-Le Bourget. (Not that we expect Pebbles clients to fly in by private jet, but you get the picture.)

The statistics above speak above for themselves. But that’s not all.

Nice recently became a hub for both Air France and EasyJet, the airport’s principal operators. That means that both airlines serve a vast number of routes (19 for Air France, 26 for easyJet), bringing in more business and leisure passengers than ever before.

So what does that mean for our guests? Rental property in Nice is on the increase. There have been no significant hotel openings in the city since the Palais de la Méditerranée was renovated in 2003. The difference between rocketing airport arrivals and a stagnant total of hotel beds has been mostly taken up by holiday rental agencies like our good selves.

Nice Cote d’Azur will become better connected than every before. That’s a given. Innovations like free Vélo Bleu bikes and Auto Bleu shared cars (both of which are now lined up outside the terminals) are in their infancy. With some degree of hindsight, local authorities have also started work on the city-to-terminal tram link, which will shuttle travellers right into the city centre from 2017.

Nice Cote d’Azur airport recently announced its 2013 arrival figures. With a record-breaking 11,554,195 arrivals, it looks like Riviera tourism is here to stay. We hope to be able to report on the opening of some fabulous new restaurants shortly to cope with the demand.


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