Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport de Lyon-Saint Exupéry), formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), is the international airport of Lyon, the third-biggest city in France and an important transport facility for the entire Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) southeast of Lyon's city centre. The airport is directly linked to Lyon-Part-Dieu Business District thanks to the Rhônexpress shuttle's 30-minute ride.[1]

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport

Aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAéroports de Lyon (Vinci SA-Caisse des dépôts consortium)
ServesCity of Lyon and Rhône
LocationColombier-Saugnieu, Rhône, France
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL821 ft / 250 m
Coordinates45°43′32″N 005°04′52″E / 45.72556°N 5.08111°E / 45.72556; 5.08111 (Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport)Coordinates: 45°43′32″N 005°04′52″E / 45.72556°N 5.08111°E / 45.72556; 5.08111 (Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport)
Websitelyonaeroports.com
Maps
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France
LFLL is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
LFLL
LFLL
Location of airport in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17R/35L 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
17L/35R 2,670 8,760 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers11,739,600
Passenger change 18-19Increase 6.4%
Freight (tons)55,404
Freight change 16-17Decrease 1.2%
Source: Union of French Airports "Statistiques 2017, Lyon Saint-Exupéry". Retrieved 25 June 2018.

History

Early years

The airport was inaugurated by President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing on 12 April 1975 and opened to passengers a week later. It was designed to replace the old Lyon–Bron Airport, which is now only used for general aviation.

In 1994 the LGV Rhône-Alpes high-speed rail line brought TGV service to the airport, providing direct trains to Paris and Marseille. The fan-shaped canopy of the Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, is the airport's most notable architectural feature.

Since 1997, the airport has been a focus city for the airline Air France.

Development since the 2000s

The airport was originally named Lyon Satolas Airport, but in 2000 the airport and train station were renamed in honour of Lyonnais aviation pioneer and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, on the centenary of his birth. He was a native of Lyon, and a laureate of the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française, and died in World War II.

In 2013, the airport served 8,562,298 passengers, an increase of 1.3% over the previous year. Air freight increased by 22.7% to 44,820 tonnes, although overall aircraft movements dropped by 2.8% to 113,420.[2]

Facilities

The airport consists of passenger terminals 1 and 2 which are interconnected on the landside by a central building that itself has a foot-bridge to the nearby Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry high-speed railway station and the Rhônexpress terminus.[3] The airport also features two runways as well as cargo facilities. A total of 16,000 car spaces in four car parks (P2-P5) are available. Two of the parks are underground (P2 and P3) while the long-stay parks (P4 and P5) are located at a distance from the terminals behind the railway station.[3]

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 consists of two parts: The older one is a two-storey, slightly curved brick shape building contains the check-in areas 11, 12, 14, 18 and 19 as well as departure areas G and F on the upper level with the arrivals on the ground level.[3] In 2014, Aéroports de Lyon started the construction of a new terminal expansion, which doubled the capacity and the area, with 70,000 m2.[4] Four groups took part in the tender process to design and develop the expanded Terminal 1. The bid was won by the GFC Construction company in partnership with Quille Construction (Bouygues) and Bouygues Energies & Services. The architectural practice was Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners led by Graham Stirk, Chabanne and Partners, engineers Technip TPS and Cap Ingélec, and Inddigo.[5][unreliable source?] The expanded Terminal 1 opened in June 2018. It has a circular shape with check-in area 10 and additional arrivals facilities on the ground level and departure gates B and C on both upper levels.[3] It is also connected by a tunnel to a small satellite building containing the D gates, now mainly used by easyJet and Transavia France, while the other areas serve Star Alliance carriers and Emirates, among others.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is a duplicate of the older part of Terminal 1, containing check-in areas 20 and 21 with boarding areas Q and P on the upper and arrivals facilities on the lower level. This terminal area is mainly used by Air France.[3]

Terminal 3 (defunct)

The former Terminal 3 was a very basic facility used by low-cost carriers. It was demolished during Terminal 1 expansion. The satellite building is still open, however; it now houses the ‘D’ gates for low cost airlines such as easyJet.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Fès, Tangier[6]
Air Cairo Seasonal: Luxor (begins 2 October 2022)[7]
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air France Hop Biarritz, Brest, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Brive,[8] Calvi, Figari[9]
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Montenegro Podgorica[10]
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass[11]
Air Serbia Belgrade[12]
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
ALK Airlines Seasonal charter: Yerevan[13]
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[14]
ASL Airlines France Algiers[15]
Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Kerkyra, Palermo, Santorini
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest
British Airways London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Gatwick (begins 3 December 2022)[16]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Chalair Aviation La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers
Seasonal: Bergerac[17]
Corsair International Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split
easyJet Barcelona, Bordeaux, Brest, Bristol, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal (begins 3 December 2022),[18] Lanzarote,[19] Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Agadir,[20] Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast–International, Berlin, Biarritz, Calvi,[21] Catania, Chania,[22] Corfu,[23] Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, Kos[24] Manchester, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rennes, Split
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[25]
FLYONE ArmeniaYerevan
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 21 January 2023)[26]
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir,[27] Tunis
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia (begins 1 October 2022)[28]
Sky Express Seasonal: Heraklion[29]
SkyUp Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil[30]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya,[31] Izmir[32]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Agadir, Algiers, Beirut, Béjaïa, Casablanca,[33] Constantine, Funchal, Istanbul (begins 30 October 2022),[34] Lisbon, Marrakesh, Monastir, Oran, Oujda, Porto, Tel Aviv,[35] Tunis
Seasonal: Alicante,[36] Amman–Queen Alia,[37] Athens, Bari, Budapest,[38] Catania,[39] Dakar–Diass (begins 5 November 2022),[40] Djerba, Faro, Gran Canaria (begins 30 October 2022),[41] Heraklion, Hurghada (begins 5 November 2022),[42] Ibiza,[36] Málaga, Menorca,[36] Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca,[43] Rhodes,[43] Santorini,[43] Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda,[44] Tenerife–South (begins 5 November 2022),[45] Valencia[43]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Agadir, Marrakech[46]
Seasonal charter: Burgas,[47] Djerba[48] Heraklion, Ibiza, Kerkyra, Kos, Menorca, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica[48] Rhodes, Tenerife South
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tozeur,[49] Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Twin Jet Metz/Nancy,[50] Stuttgart, Zürich
Volotea Athens, Charleroi (begins 21 December 2022)[51] Fuerteventura,[52] Gran Canaria,[52] Lanzarote,[52] Málaga,[53] Nantes,[54] Prague, Tenerife–South,[52] Valencia, Venice[54]
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Alicante, Bari,[53] Bastia, Caen,[55] Cagliari,[56] Corfu,[53] Dubrovnik, Faro,[53] Figari, Heraklion,[53] Menorca,[57] Olbia,[54] Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Setif,[53] Split
Vueling Barcelona, Málaga
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Wizz Air Bucharest,[58] Cluj-Napoca, Kraków[59] Rome–Fiumicino (begins 27 September 2022),[60] Tirana[61]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines France[62] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Emirates SkyCargo[63] Dubai–Al Maktoum
UPS Airlines[64] Cologne/Bonn

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic at LYS airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportation

 
Aerial view
 
Departure gate area

Rail

The Rhônexpress tramway began operations in August 2010 and links Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu east of Lyon's city centre with Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry next to the airport in approximately 30 minutes[65][66] using and sharing existing tracks of the Lyon tramway as well as a newly constructed route. This tramway replaced the former coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand leaving the airport with no other public connections to the city centre.

The Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry station is also served by the LGV Rhône-Alpes high speed rail line.

Coach

Coach links connect the airport with the centre of other towns in the area including Grenoble (at least once an hour), Saint-Étienne and Chambéry. Bus operators also offer a coach shuttle service to the surrounding French ski resorts, including Tignes, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and more.

Since January 2020, two buses from Transports en commun lyonnais are stopping at the airport:[67]
- The bus 47, from Meyzieu, connecting with Tram line 3 (from Gare Part-Dieu) to Saint-Laurent-de-Mure, connecting with Bus line 1E (from Grange Blanche) via the airport. The line operates 7 days a week, from 5:30am to 11:45pm, every 30 minutes.
- The bus 48, from Genas to the airport.

Electric car service

The airport has an electric car sharing station. Bolloré Bluecar vehicles are available for rent.

See also

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