Although there are more “world days” than there are days in the year, some of which are a little quirky, to say the least, until now there was no World Air Passenger’s Day. Surprising, given that an estimated 4.5 billion people travelled in 2019. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has decided to kick start the idea and make every 17 November a special day devoted to people who explore the world, visit their loved ones or travel for professional reasons.
“Our customers don’t choose an airport as their destination; they use airports to make their travel dreams come true. That’s why it is important to take time to thank the women and men who place their trust in airports, airlines, and all airport stakeholders, and expect certain services in return: in addition to safety and a smooth passenger journey, they are looking for an original, surprising experience, a foretaste of travel and adventure. Airports rise to that challenge every day. Devoting one whole day to celebrating passengers is all about underscoring the bond between us and our determination to offer them constantly better quality of service,” explains Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur.
A day of gratitude and celebration
For this first edition, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has got all the hub’s partners on board. Their combined efforts have resulted in a packed programme at every step of the passenger journey. At the entrances to car parks and terminals, staff will be ready and waiting to welcome passengers in person, wearing the badge of the day: a yellow heart on a purple background, with the words “World Air Passenger’s Day”. A red carpet, goodies, music, live performances, tasting sessions in airport stores, gifts, educational games, awareness-raising operations, fast-track queues assigned randomly, and more. At every step on the way to the aircraft door, passengers will be treated to a VIP welcome and a magical backdrop.
“Travelling is a celebration; flying is a dream. It is important to put pleasure and gratitude at the heart of the passenger journey. As well as making technological progress towards decarbonisation, we need to show that sobriety and contentment can go hand in hand,” Franck Goldnadel concludes.