Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

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Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
LFLL logo.png
Lyon Satolas 7411v.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Aéroport de Lyon
Serves Lyon, France
Location Colombier-Saugnieu
Focus city for Aigle Azur
Air France
Air Méditerranée
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)
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 (2015)
Passengers 8,703,354
Passenger change 14-15 Increase 2.8%
Freight (tons) 51,629
Freight change 14-15 Increase 4.0%
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) southeast of Lyon city centre.[2]


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 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]


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.

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[edit]

Terminal building
Departure gate area


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata (begins 31 May 2016), Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick[5] 2
Aigle Azur Algiers, Constantine, Dakar (begins 28 March 2016), Porto (begins 27 March 2016), Oran, Sétif 1
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca 3
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau (begins 17 June 2016)[6] 2
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly[7] 2
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta 1
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South 1
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau 2
ASL Airlines France Hamburg (begins 2 May 2016) TBA
Austrian Airlines Vienna 2
Blue Air Bucharest (begins 4 June 2016) TBA
British Airways London–Heathrow 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Chalair Aviation Limoges 2
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split 1
easyJet Agadir, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brest, Budapest (begins 26 April 2016),[8] Copenhagen (begins 16 April 2016), Edinburgh, Faro (begins 17 April 2016), Gran Canaria (begins 25 March 2016), Kraków,[9] Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Madrid, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast–International, Biarritz, Bristol, Catania (begins 16 April 2016), Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, London–Southend, Manchester, Minorca (begins 1 July 2016), Mykonos (begins 2 July 2016), Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca,[10] Pisa (resumes 1 July 2016), [11] Split
Emirates Dubai–International 2
Eurowings Düsseldorf 2
Flybe Birmingham
Seasonal: Southampton (begins 23 May 2016)
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Istanbul–Atatürk 1
Germania Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick 1
HOP! Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Caen, Clermont–Ferrand, Gothenburg, La Rochelle, Lille, Luxembourg (begins 21 February 2016),[12] Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Orly, Pau, Poitiers, Prague, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Bastia, Florence, Naples
Seasonal charter: Comiso, Split
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife–South[13]
1 Seasonal: Manchester 2
Jetairfly[14] Agadir
Winter seasonal: Marrakech
KLM Amsterdam 2
KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich[15] 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Munich 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 2
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London Gatwick, Manchester 2
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal: Podgorica 1
Nouvelair Seasonal: Tunis [16] 1
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[17] 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 2
SunExpress Seasonal: Izmir, Antalya 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Zürich 2
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 2
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon 1
Tassili Airlines Algiers 1
Transavia France Algiers,[18] Funchal, Lisbon (begins 12 May 2016), Monastir, Porto, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tunis
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 14 May 2016), Athens, Faro (begins 11 April 2016), Heraklion, Marrakesh, Oujda, Seville,[19] Valencia (begins 12 May 2016)
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 1
Twin Jet Stuttgart, Turin (begins 8 March 2016) 2
Vueling Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 3
XL Airways France Saint–Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Punta Cana


Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Leipzig/Halle, Ostrava
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
FedEx Express
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Marseille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
TNT Airways Liège, Vitoria
UPS Airlines
operated by Star Air
Cologne/Bonn, Toulouse

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).[20][21] 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.

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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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