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|Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
|IATA: LYS – ICAO: LFLL|
|Owner||Aéroport de Lyon|
|Focus city for||Aigle Azur
|Elevation AMSL||821 ft / 250 m|
Rhône-Alpes region in France
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport de 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) 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 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.
With its three terminals, the airport has a capacity of 9.6 million passengers.
In 2014, Aéroports De Lyon started the construction of a new terminal, which will double the capacity and the area, with 70,000 m². It is planned to be opened by 2017, and could accommodate the Airbus A380. Terminal 3 should be demolished after the completion.
A total of 16000 car spaces in 6 parkings are available. Two of the parkings are underground, but the long-stay parkings are located at a distance of more than 1 km from the terminals, thus a free bus shuttle service runs 24-7.
Airlines and destinations
|ASL Airlines France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
operated by DHL Air UK
|Emirates SkyCargo||Dubai–Al Maktoum|
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
|Marseille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
operated by Star Air
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). 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. In 2015, Ben's Bus started selling shared transfers to the surrounding French ski resorts, including Tignes, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and more.
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