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In 1918 the first postal flights took place between Nice and Corsica. By the late 1920s Cote d'Azur Airport was established and being used by the Nice Flying Club.
The airport was used as a military and air force base during World War II, and in 1944 a hard-surface runway was added. During the 1950s-1980s Nice and the French Riviera region became an increasingly popular tourist destination, and in 1978 a second runway was added.
Nice Airport is famously beautiful on approach, giving passengers views of the sea, coastline and mountains. It has been named a Top 10 Most Scenic Airport several times, in PrivateFly's annual poll.
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One voters commented as follows: "Nothing like approaching the French Riviera between sea and mountains.... in winter it's just magic, you look at the deep blue Mediterranean Sea and the Alps with the white snow... simply gorgeous!"
The airport is located 7km south-west of Nice, taking approximately 13 minutes to travel the journey from the city centre by car.
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport has its own General Aviation Terminal, providing VIP lounges and relaxation areas for crew. Also situated next to the terminal are 3 helicopter companies offering further transport options upon arrival.
Call sign: NCE
Runway distance available: 9712 feet. The runway at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is suitable for all aircraft from small props eg Beechcraft King Air, to medium jets such as the Citation XL and large airliners including the Boeing 747s.
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