Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
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|Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry
|IATA: LYS – ICAO: LFLL|
|Owner||Aéroport de Lyon|
|Focus city for||Air France|
|Elevation AMSL||821 ft / 250 m|
Rhône-Alpes region in France
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry) (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is the international airport of Lyon, the third-biggest city in France and an important transport facility for the entire Rhône-Alpes region. It lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) east southeast of Lyon city centre.
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 could not be extended as it was located in an urban area.
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.
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 the Second World War.
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.
Airlines and destinations
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|Europe Airpost||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
The Rhônexpress tramway began operations in August 2010 and links the TGV railway station of Lyon Part-Dieu with the Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry in less than 30 minutes, albeit at a price many travellers find extortionate (€15 single in 2013). This new tramway has largely replaced the coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand. More recently, Elit Voyages has started a coach shuttle service to Place Bellecour, with more reasonable fares compared to the Rhônexpress.
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