Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport will witness the construction of a new pier and a terminal building. Image courtesy of TPF Group.
The airport is installed with PARAFE eGates with facial recognition technology. Image courtesy of Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur.
Two additional gates will be added to terminal one. Image courtesy of Konstantin von Wedelstaedt.

Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, one of the busiest airports in France, is expanding Terminal Two to offer improved services to its passengers.

The expansion project will include the construction of a new pier and a new terminal building to meet the projected traffic growth. It will enable the expansion of the airport’s passenger capacity to 18 million by 2021.

The project plans were unveiled in June 2018.  The airport aims to reduce the emissions by 86% by 2021 by making its freight terminal and technical centre free of greenhouse gas emissions.

The airport served approximately 14.5 million passengers and handled 12.72 million tonnes of cargo and 166,781 flight movements in 2019.

The project will generate new jobs for nearly 100 people during the construction phase, which will increase to more than 200 at the peak stage. It will create a positive economic impact for the Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco.

Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport expansion details

The new pier construction will form the first phase of the project and is expected to be completed by mid-2021. It will feature eight new gates for the smooth movement of passengers.

The pier will be located opposite six aircraft stands (A320 size), which will have the capacity to accommodate two large Airbus A380 size aircraft.

The pier will allow the airport to increase the number of boarding gates and improve the handling of passengers from Schengen and non-Schengen areas. Its design will allow passengers to embark and disembark directly on foot from the pier.

Aircraft stands will be installed with 400Hz power supply to reduce the dependence of auxiliary power units, as well as air and noise pollution.

The second phase of the project will involve the construction of a new terminal building, which will handle all arrivals/departures activities such as check-in, baggage sorting and baggage claim.

The extension will not include the development of a new commercial area. However, it will support the growth of short and long-haul traffic. The building will be installed with the latest safety and security standards. Terminal one is also expected to be equipped with two additional gates.

Design of the new pier and terminal building

The project will incorporate several measures to meet the required environmental standards, including the use of renewable energy sources to cool public spaces.

It will use sustainable bio-based materials such as wooden flooring made of materials with a decreased environmental impact. Both buildings will comply with the RT2012 French thermal regulations while also supporting the airport’s carbon neutrality commitments.

The building’s skin will be passively protected to eliminate solar heating as it leads to increased consumption of cooling energy. The building will have natural daylight and will consume less lighting through the use of occupancy detection technology.

Other developments at the airport

In July 2018, the airport opened the new Estivale Bar Restaurant, on the land side of terminal two. It offers spectacular views of runways from the first floor of the terminal.

Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport installed the PARAFE eGates with facial recognition technology at the four border control areas situated at the non-Schengen departures and arrivals of each terminal.

Contractors involved

In October 2018, TPF Group’s French subsidiary was selected to perform the design and supervision work of the Terminal Two expansion project.

The company is implementing the contract work in collaboration with Realog, Stéphane Aurel Architecture, SBP, and BMF Bureau Michel Europe.