Air traffic at Nice-Côte d’Azur airport has been shut down due to poor weather conditions across the Riviera on Monday. (A major snowfall across the UK has also seen affected flights out of London.)
All flights have been cancelled until 6 am Tuesday. For further information, passengers should call the airline directly or contact the airport on 0820 423 333 (€0.12/minute). Alternatively, keep up-to-date with real-time flight status on the airport's website.
Météo-France had placed the Alpes-Maritimes department on orange alert for Monday, warning of heavy rainfalls, floods, risk of avalanches and crashing waves, with swells of up to 4 metres, that could close seaside roads.
Up to 250mm of rain was expected in the Grasse region, with at least 80mm to 120mm of precipitation accumulating along the Coast. Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h should continue until evening, and thunderstorms are forecasted to hit around 4 pm.
The RM 6098 sea road at Cagnes-sur-Mer was closed, as well as the Promenade Reine Astrid (RD 6327) in Menton. Access to Isola via the RM 97 was also closed.
The Prefecture of the Alpes-Martimes advised people to stay indoors and especially avoid the sea and sea roads altogether.
Christmas markets and other outdoor activities had been cancelled Monday.
[caption id="attachment_26232" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prince Albert receives imprint No 01 of “Bicentennial Calendar” from Colonel Fringant, Superior Commander of the Police Force, in the presence of Princess Stephanie and her son, the Carabinier of first class Louis Ducruet. Photo: Facebook J. Charles VINAJ/Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince[/caption]
The closing gala dinner marking the bicentenary of the creation of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince – the Prince’s Guard – was held on Friday, December 8, at the Salle des Etoiles in the presence of Prince Albert.
The Prince received imprint No 01 of the “Bicentennial Calendar” from Colonel Fringant, Superior Commander of the Police Force, in the presence of Princess Stephanie and her son, the Carabinier of first class Louis Ducruet.
Throughout the year, a series of commemorations marked the occasion, including an exhibition at the Prince's Palace, entitled "Two centuries of history, 1817-2017" from June 13 to October 15.
The Prince's Carabinieri Orchestra also took part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August, in the presence of the Prince.
A stamp marking the bicentennial was published by the Monaco Stamp Office and a commemorative coin of two euros was minted, with 15,000 pieces.
After a day of flight cancellations, some good news out of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport.
EasyJet, the dominant carrier, which is serviced from Terminal 2, has announced four additional summer routes in 2018.
Flights to Biarritz and Catania, Sicily, will launch on June 25 and end the season on August 31, with two flights from Nice each week.
Flights to Tel Aviv will be available from June 5 until October 27, also twice a week, while Seville, with three weekly flights from March 31 until October 27.
Last month, easyJet confirmed a new and 5th aircraft will be based in Nice from the spring of 2018. This new A320 will add 9 percent to the local capacity in seat capacity with nearly 200,000 additional seats.
"The arrival of a fifth plane is part of the long-standing relationship we have with the people of Nice and our local partners, the main one being Nice Airport" said François Bacchetta, easyJet Director in France.
In 2017, easyJet transported nearly 4 million people from and to Nice, consolidating its position as the platform's leading airline with a market share of 30.2% (versus 28.4% in 2016). The low-cost carrier aims to fly an additional 10 percent passengers next year, 2018.