Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

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Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
LFLL logo.png
Flughafen Lyon St.Exypéry.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Aéroport de Lyon
Serves Lyon, France
Location Colombier-Saugnieu
Focus city for Air France
Elevation AMSL 821 ft / 250 m
Coordinates 45°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)
Rhône-Alpes region in France
Rhône-Alpes region in France
LFLL is located in Rhône-Alpes
Location of airport in Rhône-Alpes region.
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 4,000 13,124 Asphalt
18L/36R 2,670 8,760 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 8,451,039
Freight (tons) 33,327
Source: French AIP[1]

Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport de Lyon-Saint-Exupéry) (IATA: LYSICAO: 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[2] of Lyon city centre.


Early years[edit]

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.

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

Development since the 2000s[edit]

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.[3]


The airport consists of three terminals and two runways aligned north–south. The airport has 18 jetways in all three terminals. Terminal 3 is used by low-cost airlines and has very basic facilities.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes (begins 12 April 2015) 1
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal charter: London Gatwick
Aigle Azur Algiers, Constantine, Oran, Sétif 1
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca 3
Air France Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse 2
Air France
operated by Air Corsica
Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France
operated by HOP!
Bologna, Florence, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice 2
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta 1
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Agadir, Athens, Bodrum, Chlef, Corfu, Dakar, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jijel, Malaga, Marrakech, Monastir, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Tenerife–South
Seasonal charter: Chlef, Dubrovnik, Jijel, Oslo, Seville, Shannon
Air Transat Seasonal: Montreal–Trudeau 2
Airlinair La Rochelle, Poitiers 2
Austrian Airlines Vienna (begins 1 April 2015) 2
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna (ends 31 March 2015) 2
British Airways London–Heathrow 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Chalair Cologne/Bonn (begins 13 April 2015),[4] Limoges 2
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split 1
Eastern Airways Lorient 2
easyJet Agadir, Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brest, Casablanca, Edinburgh, Kraków (begins 29 March 2015),[5] Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Madrid, Marrakech, Nantes, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice
Summer seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca (begins 4 July 2015),[6] Split
Winter seasonal: Bristol, Manchester
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Bodrum, Izmir, Marrakech, Palma de Mallorca, Pula, Rhodes, Santorini, Seville 1
Flybe Birmingham
Seasonal: Manchester
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Istanbul–Ataturk 1
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf 2
HOP! Basel/Mulhouse, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Lille, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Montpellier, Nantes, Pau, Prague, Rennes, Strasbourg
Seasonal: Bastia, Naples
Seasonal charter: Split
Iberia Express Madrid (begins 29 March 2015)
Seasonal: Tenerife (begins 7 June 2015) [7]
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Jetairfly[8] Agadir
Winter seasonal: Marrakech
KLM Amsterdam 2
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 2
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica (begins 11 April 2015) 1
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (begins 29 March 2015)[9] 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 2
SunExpress Izmir, Antalya (begins 13 April 2015) 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Zürich (ends 31 March 2015) 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Zürich (begins 1 April 2015) 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon 1
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo[10]
Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo
2 France Funchal, Monastir, Porto, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tunis
Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Marrakesh, Oujda, Seville[11]
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 1
Twin Jet Stuttgart
Seasonal: Toulon
Vueling Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 3
XL Airways France Saint-Denis de la Réunion (begins 3 June 2015)[citation needed]
Seasonal: Punta Cana
Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Málaga, Olbia, Palma


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum[12]
TNT Airways Liège
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Europe Airpost Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Ground transport[edit]

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 (€15 single in 2013).[13][14] 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.

Coach links connect the airport with the centre of Lyon and other towns in the area including Chambéry and Grenoble.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LFLL – LYON SAINT EXUPERY (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 5 Mar 2015.
  2. ^ a b EAD Basic
  3. ^ Airliner World (March 2014): 9.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ Chalair begin service from Lyon to Cologne/Bonn
  5. ^ "New and dropped routes". Easyjet. 
  6. ^ "Easyjet regains growth path in Spain". 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Iberia Express conectará Canarias con Londres y Lyon". 28 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
  9. ^ "Pegasus Airlines Adds New French Routes in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Schedule". City pairs Schedule. JSC "TRANSAERO" Airlines. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Emirates SkyCargo Freighter Operations get ready for DWC move". Emirates SkyCargo. 2 April 2014. 
  13. ^ The price is right for Rhonexpress in Lyon
  14. ^ Avoid Rhonexpress – Rip off!

External links[edit]

Media related to Aéroport de Lyon-St-Éxupéry at Wikimedia Commons