Key events in 2008

In its constant drive to protect the environment, Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur invested €370,000 in a new waste management site located by the runways. It was inaugurated in February. Starting from March, requests for flight arrival and departure slots in Nice have been put before COHOR, the association commissioned by the French authorities to coordinate slot allocation at French airports. The objectives are to optimise use of airport resources whilst respecting constraints, check the proper use of slots allocated to airlines, foster the punctuality of commercial flights, smooth peak situations and avoid the saturation of aircraft parking bays.

Every two years since 2000, the Union of French Airports has organised a National Conference on Airport Quality for airports, airlines, State departments and service providers. Nice hosted the event for the first time in April. The main theme was measuring customer service levels. April also saw the official inauguration of brand new air traffic control facilities, housed in a brand new building located to the east of Terminal 1, shared with the DCA for the South-East of France.

From 2 to 4 May, the light aircraft trade fair EUR-AVIA took place in Cannes-Mandelieu, attracting 5,000 visitors over 3 days (a 60% increase in attendance).
In June, the A380 successfully completed initial runway tests in Nice to validate the airport’s capacity to accommodate the biggest passenger carrier in history.
New measures for assisting Reduced Mobility Passengers came into force on 1 July. Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur offers assistance from the moment the passenger arrives in the car park, right through to boarding, and vice versa.

An ecumenical prayer centre in Terminal 2, housing a chapel, a synagogue and a mosque, was inaugurated on September the 25th in the presence of official representatives of the different religions during the World Congress of Airport Chaplains, chaired by Nice throughout 2008.

25 and 26 September were Sustainable Development Days at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport, attracting 1,300 visitors. Once again, the airport highlighted its role as a protagonist in sustainable development, showcasing good practices through demonstrations, conferences and events.
Meanwhile, Nice Airport organised a month-long exhibition on sustainable development in its passenger terminals. Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur participated in the 9th national road safety week in October. It organised an information campaign and hosted the launch of the operation in Terminal 1, in the company of local personalities visiting
stands offering shock tests, documentation and simulators.

A new shopping and services area was inaugurated in the public zone in Terminal 1 in November. Luggage, clothing and jewellery are all on hand, as are a new Internet area and a services centre.

In December, Emirates inaugurated 5 weekly flights to Dubai, opening a gateway from the French Riviera to Asia.

The Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur contributed to successful summits and meetings organised under the aegis of the French Presidency of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs, Economic and Social Affairs, a ministerial meeting on “The Internet of the Future”, the Euromed industrial summit, a ministerial meeting on the Arctic, and
the 22nd summit meeting between the EU and the Russian Federation.