Adaptation of terminal 2

Everything to know about the adaptation of terminal 2

The origins of the project

For several years now, independent forecasts of passenger traffic growth to and from Nice Côte d'Azur airport have indicated that the terminals would soon become too small to accommodate passengers under the required conditions of comfort and safety.

Terminals 1 and 2 have the capacity to welcome some 14 million passengers per year. This number was already exceeded in 2019, leading to a decrease in the quality of service.
This is a theoretical capacity. Without any work to adapt the terminals, it would be possible to handle more passengers, but under increasingly poorer conditions of safety, comfort and fluidity.

Furthermore, as the gateway to an exceptional region, the airport must reflect this image and offer visitors from all over the world the best first and last impression of the Côte d'Azur.
That's why we've decided to increase the capacity of our terminals so that we can welcome 18 million passengers per year, under the best possible conditions of comfort and safety. A reasonable resizing to accompany this measured but foreseeable growth in traffic.

  • A project that commits us

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    The Technical Department of Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur and the companies working alongside it have waited until early summer 2023 to really get going with the dock foundations. This schedule was dictated not by a technical imperative, but by an environmental commitment to preserving the ecosystem of the mouth of the Var. Classified as a Natura 2000 site, this area is home to more than two hundred species of birds, which would have been exposed to the noise and vibrations of a worksite – though aiming to be exemplary in terms of ecology – at the height of their nesting season.

    All the risks that the work could pose to the environment were identified, studied and resolved before the construction licence was even granted. And to ensure that its commitments are respected, the airport has surrounded itself with two key players: an ecologist and an environmental engineer. The former is responsible for ensuring that the ecosystem of the Var plain remains in good health, while the latter is responsible for ensuring that all site workers comply with environmental guidelines.

    This high level of supervision is bearing fruit, with compliance between actions and commitments as well as good practices being introduced along the way to ensure that the site is truly exemplary and that Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur fully respects all its commitments.

  • Project data

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    • 9,900 m2 of greenfield
    • 25,211 m2 of floor space
    • 0 soil artificialisation
    • 1 dock including
      • 6 boarding and arrival gates
      • 6 pre-boarding areas
    • 1 resource module including
      • 36 check-in desks
      • 1 baggage sorting systeM
    • Theoretical capacity increased to 18 million passengers (+28.5%)
    • Increase in capacity, equivalent to traffic growth between 2012 and 2019
    • 1 ecologist in charge of ensuring compliance with environmental commitments and respect for the wildlife of the Natura 2000 zone

Reminder of the changes in traffic

 20122023Variation
Passenger traffic*11 068 46514 082 234+27,2 %
Flight movements*110 924107 404-3,17 %
*: commercial traffic from Nice Côte d'Azur terminals 1 and 2

Contextual information

  • First airport in France to achieve level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation (2021)
  • 85+% reduction of the hub’s direct greenhouse gas emissions (2012-2023)
  • 1,500 trees planted and maintained in neighbouring municipalities since 2020
  • 40% of passenger traffic involving Côte d'Azur residents
 20122022Variation
Water consumption*697 862 m3490 113 m3-29,8%
Electricity consumption38,46 GWh33,65 GWh-13%
*: volume after reinjection in the water table