Nice Airport is once again at Network USA keeping the southern French destination on the map in the North American market. It remains the only city in France outside Paris with a direct link to the USA with its Delta Air Lines service to New York JFK, said Filip Soete, marketing director at Nice.
The Nice team of Soete (left) and network development manager Michel Tohane (right) is here to consolidate its New York service and the pair also hold an outside chance of another service to a US destination this year. “We still believe we could in the summer have a flight to a major US hub,” he said.
With 57 airlines operating to 103 destinations, Nice remains a strong European airport. Traffic dipped 5% in 2009 to 9.8 million passengers but Soete hopes it will go back over 10 million again this year.
One success story is Dubai’s Emirates, which upped its frequency to its Middle East hub from Nice to daily in January. The Airbus A330 service has also been doing well on the cargo front helping the airport boost its overall cargo volume by 30% last year.
A new arrival this summer at Nice is TACV, the airline of the Cape Verde islands, which are located off the west coast of Africa in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. It will operate a weekend service using Boeing 757s in June.