During the summer, La Compagnie, Delta and Emirates resumed intercontinental routes from Nice (Photo: Nice Airport-facebook)

Nice Airport has finally exceeded its 2020 traffic results. With a 38% growth in August alone, France’s second largest airport is now showing a 2% increase in total passengers since January.

Nice will have welcomed nearly 3.5 million passengers between January and August 2021, confirming the steady recovery in air traffic since late spring. Over the first eight months, traffic has risen by 2%, a rather encouraging sign. At the end of July, the Côte d’Azur hub’s passenger traffic was still 8% lower than in January-July 2020.

But good news doesn’t come alone, as the airport recorded over one million passengers in August, a result not seen since the beginning of 2020. The 1.035 million passengers thus represent a growth of 37.9% compared to August 2020. In detail, North America and the Middle East are neck and neck in terms of growth. Both regions have seen a spectacular increase of 999.9% in additional passengers. This result can be explained by the resumption of Delta Air Lines, Emirates and La Compagnie routes.

The summer destination Nice also had a positive impact on European traffic. The airport recorded a 51.1% increase in August – over 550,000 passengers. Traffic flows with the European Union did even better, with growth of 82.4%. Finally, the recovery with Africa is also confirmed with a 96.2% increase in passenger numbers.

Towards 5 million passengers by the end of 2021?

If the trend continues, the airport can hope to pass the five million passenger mark again by the end of the year. At this level of traffic, airlines will continue to use only Terminal 2 for the winter season. With the possibility of reopening Terminal 1 for the next summer season.

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Especially as the demand from airlines for a return to Nice is confirmed. The latest is the flights of the Romanian low-cost company, Blue Air, which has been offering four weekly flights to London-Heathrow since 16 September. Eurowings recently announced that it would be opening two weekly flights to Stockholm Arlanda in March. Qatar Airways has also announced its return to the capital of the French Riviera. However, this announcement has not yet been translated into a precise return date…