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Both Ryanair and British Airways have added London Stansted as a destination from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport from March 26. The route is already served by easyJet. Seventeen other routes have been added for the summer from Nice, for a total of 111 destinations now served by France’s second busiest airport, after Paris.
Included in the new season, Bergamo, Milan, will be served by APG Airlines, Cluj in Romania by Blue Air, and Faro, Portugal, by easyJet. Mistral Air will fly to Florence, while Air France will serve Athens. BA has added Manchester to its schedule, Wizzair will fly to Warsaw, and Vienna will be served by Eurowings. Stavenger (SAS) and Zurich (easyJet) are also new arrivals this summer.
A major rebuilding effort, already partially completed at Nice Airport, will result in shorter waiting times at security, and better serve the needs of travellers, according to local reports. However, the current air traffic control strike and the disruption to flights due to industrial action by Air France and some BA cabin crews have resulted in several cancellations and delays. During Monday, March 6, most cancelled departures were domestic flights, although the ATC dispute also involved serious delays to incoming flights form the rest of Europe.
Italy, the first European country hit hard by the Covid pandemic, has cautiously reopened borders for the first time since mid-March amid an encouraging slowing of infection rates and death tolls.
A new site called Travel-Map has been launched showing real-time summaries of which borders are open and which are still closed during deconfinement, making it easier for travellers to plan summer trips.
Nice Côte d’Azur is set to reopen flights to nine European cities in June as the airport initiates a progressive resumption of flights within the week.
EasyJet has begun offering flights between the UK and Nice from 15th June, starting with a tentative schedule of three flights a week to Gatwick only, ahead of a more normal schedule in July.