Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

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Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Aéroport de Lyon
Serves Lyon, France
Location Colombier-Saugnieu
Focus city for Aigle Azur
Air France
EasyJet
HOP!
Transavia France
Twin Jet
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)
Website lyonaeroports.com
Maps
Rhône-Alpes region in France
Rhône-Alpes region in France
LFLL is located in Rhône-Alpes
LFLL
LFLL
Location of airport in Rhône-Alpes region.
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17R/35L 4,000 13,124 Asphalt
17L/35R 2,670 8,760 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 9,553,250
Passenger change 15-16 Increase 9.8%
Freight (tons) 59,407
Freight change 15-16 Increase 11.8%
Source: French AIP[1]
French AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

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 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) southeast of Lyon city centre.[2]

History[edit]

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 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.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The airport consists of three terminals and two runways aligned north–south. The airport has 18 jetways in terminals 1 & 2. Terminal 3 is used by low-cost airlines and has very basic facilities. 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.[4] It is planned to be opened by 2017, and could accommodate the Airbus A380. Terminal 3 should be demolished after the completion. Four groups took part in the tender process to design and develop 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]

A total of 16,000 car spaces in 6 car parks are available. Two of the parks are underground, but the long-stay parks 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[edit]

Terminal building
Departure gate area

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
1
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick[6] 2
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 2
Aigle Azur[7] Algiers, Constantine, Dakar, Oran, Sétif
Seasonal: Béjaïa
1
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Fez (begins 15 June 2017)[8] 3
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau 2
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
2
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta 1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau 2
ASL Airlines France Charter: Heraklion, Mahon, Olbia, Paphos, Rhodes, Santorini 2
Astra Airlines Charter: Corfu, Heraklion, Zakynthos 1
Austrian Airlines Vienna 2
Blue Air Bucharest 1
British Airways London–Heathrow 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Chalair Aviation Limoges 2
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split 1
Eastern Airways Rodez (begins 13 March 2017) 2
easyJet[9] Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Kraków, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Madrid, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice–Marco Polo, Vienna
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast–International, Biarritz, Bristol, Catania, Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, London–Southend, Manchester, Minorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Stockholm–Arlanda
3
Emirates Dubai–International 2
Enter Air Charter: Cagliari, Gran Canaria 1
Eurowings Düsseldorf 2
Eurowings
operated by Germanwings
Düsseldorf 2
Flybe[10] Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton 1
Flybe
operated by Stobart Air
London-Southend (begins 1 May 2017)[11] 1
Germania Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick 1
HOP! Aurillac, Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brive, Brussels, Caen, Gothenburg, La Rochelle, Lille, Luxembourg, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Orly, Pau, Poitiers, Prague, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice–Marco Polo
Seasonal: Bastia, Florence, Toulon
2
HOP!
operated by Air France
Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
2
Iberia
operated by Air Nostrum
Madrid
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
1
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife–South
1
Jet2.com Seasonal: Manchester 2
KLM Amsterdam 2
KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam 2
Limitless Airways Charter: Dubrovnik, Split 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Munich 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 2
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick 2
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal: Podgorica 1
Nouvelair Seasonal: Tunis
Charter: Djerba, Monastir
1
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 2
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service
Prague (begins 30 March 2017)[12] 1
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Zürich 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1
TAP Portugal
operated by TAP Express
Lisbon 1
Transavia France[13] Agadir, Algiers, Funchal, Lisbon, Monastir, Porto, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tunis
Seasonal: Athens, Faro, Heraklion, Marrakesh, Oujda, Rhodes, Seville, Valencia
3
Travel Service Charter: Fuerteventura, Funchal-Madeira, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, La Palma, Lanzarote, Olbia, Tenerife 1
TUIfly Belgium[14] Agadir
Seasonal: Burgas (begins 13 May 2017),[15] Marrakech
Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Ibiza, Kerkyra, Kos, Menorca, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South
1
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 1
Twin Jet Stuttgart 2
Vueling Barcelona, Málaga, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Seville
1
Wizz Air Warsaw-Chopin (begins 30 June 2017) 3
WOW Air Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavik 3
XL Airways France Saint–Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Punta Cana
1

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Algérie Cargo Algiers
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Tunis
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Leipzig/Halle
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
FedEx Express
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Marseille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Cologne/Bonn, Toulouse

Ground transportation[edit]

Rail[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).[16][17] This new tramway replaced the coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand.

Coach[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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