The extension of terminal 2 at Nice Côte d’Azur airport continues to divide. If the first blows of the pickaxe have been given for the construction of the 25,211 square meters of additional surface, including in particular six boarding gates and a check-in area and baggage carousel by the summers of 2025 and 2026, detractors and instigators of the project disagree in particular on the number of additional scheduled flights.
Officially, it is a question of welcoming “in better conditions” 18 million annual pengers, against around 12.1 in 2022. Franck Goldnadel, chairman of the board of directors of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, has indeed ured, he a few days ago, expect about 2,000 more aircraft per year (out of some 110,000) despite the expected mive increase in travelers to Nice. “Planes are getting bigger, better filled and cleaner,” he argues. His estimate is based, in part, on the fact that a 30% increase in pengers between 2012 and 2019 was accompanied, according to him, by a 0.5% drop in the number of flights.
A number very far from the 20,000 denounced, regularly, by the Collective citizen 06, at the forefront of the contestation of the project. “We base ourselves on figures from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC), which show that, since 2010, the number of pengers has increased by 51%, which has caused 21,200 more flights per year, ures the co-founder of the Thierry Bitouzé collective. During this period, CO2 and pollutants increased by 30% each. »
Implicitly arises the question of overtourism in a Côte d’Azur in the process of beating all its post-Covid attendance records and drought. The ociations will raise this subject before the administrative court, which will examine, on appeal in a few months, the appeal for cancellation of the building permit. At first instance, they were dismissed.