Nice Côte d’Azur airport is a bright and shining airport offering superior facilities for disabled passengers.
It is one of my favourite airports as I have always found its operations to be efficient, with speedy, unproblematic passenger handling.
This might be due to the fact that it is the gateway and principal port to the glamorous French Riviera, incorporating Nice, Cannes and Antibes, to name just a few of the alluring locations in the surrounding area.
In addition, due to its closeness to the Principality of Monaco, it also runs a helicopter service linking it to the airport. How the other half live, indeed!
The airport is the third busiest airport in France, after Charles de Gaulle and Orly, and is a hub for both Air France and easyJet. It handled over 10 million passengers in 2011, with flights to approximately 100 countries.
The airport has two terminals, servicing both scheduled and non-scheduled carriers, with a courtesy shuttle bus that links them. The shuttle also connects the car parks with the terminals and, most important of all, the buses are fitted with telescopic ramps, allowing wheelchair users to board autonomously.
In my opinion, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport offers superior disabled traveller facilities; probably because of this, I have never felt stressed journeying from here. The airport’s available facilities include wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms, elevators, telephones and ATMs, together with many call kiosks to put you in touch with the assistance service personnel, who will collect you from the call kiosk and support you until your departure.
The kiosks are equipped with guidance systems for the visually impaired, activated using the same remote control unit used at the audible pedestrian crossings in the city, and with magnetic loop systems for the hearing impaired.
The kiosk locations for Terminal 1 are situated outside the terminal – near door D4 – at the bus station – near the bus office – in car park P2 – outdoors and underground with direct access to the Terminal – in car park P3 and in secure garage G1.
For Terminal 2, the kiosks can be found outside the departure terminal – at doors D1 and D3 – at the bus station – near where the shuttle stops – at the car park P5 – levels 2 and 4, near the lifts – and in secure garage G2.
You can call 0033 (04) 93214458 if you have any queries. And, as always, make sure to let your airline or travel agent know of your assistance requirements at least 48 hours before your departure.
Nice Côte d’Azur gets a 5 star rating from me. If only (too many, sadly) other airports would take a leaf from their wonderful book.
About the author:
Sandy Walker worked in the airline industry for 25 years as ticket agent and supervisor until diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, resulting in a career change to freelance travel writer. Born in London, she now resides in Tuscany.