François Delfraissy of France’s scientific committee announced this morning that the Covid-19 pandemic in the country is now “under control.”
This follows an appeal from the European Commission asking EU member states “to lift all border checks within the bloc by the end of June.” Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Euronews yesterday, “I think we're coming very close to a situation where we should lift all the internal border restrictions and border checks.”
Nice-Cote d’Azur airport, which is operating at only 2% capacity due to the coronavirus lockdown, said it is already preparing for air traffic to gradually resume from July with more flights in August to major destinations in France and Europe, “in accordance with the lifting of restrictions that may be announced in the coming weeks.”
From July, the airport states that flights will be available from Nice to at least 10 cities in France: Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (Air France, easyJet); Lyon (Air France); Lille (easyJet); Toulouse (easyJet); Nantes (easyJet, Volotea); Bordeaux (easyJet); and Bastia, Ajaccio, Figari and Calvi (Air Corsica).
Within Europe, nine destinations will be serviced: London (British Airways and easyJet); Frankfurt (Lufthansa); Brussels (Brussels Airlines); Geneva and Zurich (easyJet, Swiss); and Vienna, Sofia, Budapest and Krakow (Wizz Air).
However, last night, Jean-Pierre Savarino, president of the Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Azur TV that Nice Terminal 1, which mostly services international destinations, would not reopen until March 2021 as borders outside of the EU remain closed indefinitely and there are no flights scheduled for now.
Delta, which has previously flown directly from Nice to the U.S. via New York, operates out of T2.
The following airlines are currently listed as operating out of Terminal 1: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Serbia, Air Transat, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, E Al, Eurowings, Great Dane Airlines, Iberia, Iberia Express, jet2.com, Kuwait Airways, Laudamotion, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Nordica Aviation, Norwegian, Nouvel Air Tunisie, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, SAS, Sky Up, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Vueling.
Forbes Monaco has reached out to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airoport for comment.