Record business aviation traffic on the French Riviera


The Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA) Group has announced another record year for business aviation in the French Riviera, with 46,000 movements processed at its three airport hubs – Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez – in 2015.

The group also reported an almost 2% increase in helicopter traffic in 2015 compared with 2014, which amounts to about 54,000 movements.

To facilitate this growth, ACA has opened a new helicopter terminal at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport that will improve transfer services and enable the company to develop connections with scheduled commercial lines. A high-end operator will run a scheduled service between the Principality of Monaco and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

Cannes Mandelieu Airport has also improved its aircraft reception capacity by raising tonnage; it can now receive aircraft of up to 35 tonnes. This improvement is part of a conscious environmental approach to reduce pollution generated by the activity.

Finally, significant progress has been made in the development of ACA’s ground handling business through its Sky Valet FBO subsidiary. The Sky Valet premium service is now present at Le Bourget Paris in France, and Madrid, Barcelona, Palma, Ibiza, Valencia, Gerona, Santiago de Compostela and La Coruña airports in Spain, and will soon commence at Malaga.

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