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)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport)

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport

Aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry
Lyon airport logo.png
Aéroport de Lyon-St-Éxupéry 2018.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAéroports de Lyon (Vinci SA-Caisse des dépôts consortium)
ServesLyon Metropolis
LocationColombier-Saugnieu, Rhône, France
Opened12 April 1975; 48 years ago (1975-04-12)
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL821 ft / 250 m
Coordinates45°43′32″N 005°04′52″E / 45.72556°N 5.08111°E / 45.72556; 5.08111 (Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport)
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France
LFLL is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Location of airport in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17R/35L 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
17L/35R 2,670 8,760 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Increase 6.4%
Freight (tons)55,404
Freight change 16-17Decrease 1.2%
Source: Union of French Airports "Statistiques 2017, Lyon Saint-Exupéry". Retrieved 25 June 2018.

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (French: Aéroport de Lyon-Saint Exupéry), formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), 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's city centre. The airport is 30 minutes from the Lyon-Part-Dieu business district by the Rhônexpress tram.[1]


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 is now only used for general aviation.

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, after the nearby eponymous village, 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.[2]


The airport consists of passenger terminals 1 and 2 which are interconnected on the landside by a central building that itself has a foot-bridge to the nearby Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry high-speed railway station and the Rhônexpress terminus.[3] The airport also features two runways as well as cargo facilities. A total of 16,000 car spaces in four car parks (P2-P5) are available. Two of the parks are underground (P2 and P3) while the long-stay parks (P4 and P5) are located at a distance from the terminals behind the railway station.[3]

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 consists of two parts: The older part is a two-storey, slightly curved, brick shape building which contains the check-in areas 11, 12, 14, 18 and 19 as well as departure areas G and F on the upper level with the arrivals on the ground level.[3] In 2014, Aéroports de Lyon started the construction of a new terminal expansion, which doubled the capacity and the area, with 70,000 m2.[4] Four groups took part in the tender process to design and develop the expanded 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][unreliable source?] The expanded Terminal 1 opened in June 2018. It has a circular shape with check-in area 10 and additional arrivals facilities on the ground level and departure gates B and C on both upper levels.[3] It is also connected by a tunnel to a small satellite building containing the D gates, now mainly used by easyJet and Transavia France, while the other areas serve Star Alliance carriers and Emirates, among others.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is a duplicate of the older part of Terminal 1, containing check-in areas 20 and 21 with boarding areas Q and P on the upper level and arrivals facilities on the lower level. This terminal area is mainly used by Air France.[3]

Terminal 3 (defunct)[edit]

The former Terminal 3 was a very basic facility used by low-cost carriers. It was demolished during Terminal 1 expansion. The satellite building is still open, however; it now houses the ‘D’ gates for low cost airlines such as easyJet.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen
Air Arabia Casablanca, Fès, Tangier[6]
Seasonal: Oujda (begins 21 June 2023)[7]
Air Cairo Seasonal: Luxor[8]
Air Canada Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Brive,[9] Calvi, Figari[10]
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Montenegro Podgorica[11]
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass[12]
Air Serbia Belgrade[13]
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[14]
ASL Airlines France Algiers
Austrian Airlines Vienna
BRA Braathens Regional Airlines Gothenburg[15]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Gatwick[16]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Chalair Aviation Limoges, Poitiers
Corsair International Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split
easyJet Barcelona, Birmingham (begins 30 October 2023),[17] Bordeaux, Brest, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Funchal, La Rochelle,[18] Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Málaga,[19] Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Porto, Prague (begins 4 September 2023),[20] Rome–Fiumicino, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Agadir, Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast–International, Biarritz, Bristol, Cagliari (begins 27 June 2023),[21] Calvi, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, Kos (begins 1 July 2023)[22] Manchester, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rennes, Split
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
FlyOne Yerevan
Iberia Madrid Seasonal: Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda[23]
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir,[24] Tunis
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha (begins 3 July 2023)[25]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia[26]
Sky Express Seasonal: Heraklion[27]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya,[28] Izmir[29]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Agadir, Algiers, Beirut, Béjaïa, Casablanca,[30] Constantine, Funchal, Istanbul,[31] Marrakesh, Monastir, Oran, Oujda,[32] Porto, Tel Aviv,[33] Tunis
Seasonal: Alicante,[34] Amman–Queen Alia,[35] Athens, Bari, Catania,[36] Dakar–Diass,[37] Djerba, Faro, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada,[37] Ibiza,[34] Málaga, Menorca,[34] Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca,[38] Rhodes,[38] Santorini,[38] Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda,[39] Tenerife–South,[37] Valencia[38]
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Twin Jet Milan–Malpensa, Zürich
Seasonal: Stuttgart
Volotea Athens, Berlin (begins 12 October 2023),[40] Fuerteventura,[41] Gran Canaria,[41] Hamburg (begins 10 October 2023),[42] Lanzarote,[41] Málaga,[43] Nantes,[44] Prague, Tenerife–South,[41] Valencia, Venice[44]
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Alicante, Bari,[43] Bastia, Bergamo,[45] Bilbao (begins 7 September 2023),[46] Caen,[47] Cagliari,[48] Corfu,[43] Dubrovnik, Faro,[43] Figari, Florence,[49] Heraklion,[43] Madrid,[50] Menorca,[51] Olbia,[44] Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Setif,[43] Split
Vueling Barcelona, Málaga
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Wizz Air Bucharest–Otopeni,[52] Cluj-Napoca, Kraków,[53] Rome–Fiumicino,[54] Tirana[55]
Seasonal: London–Gatwick[56]


ASL Airlines France[57] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Emirates SkyCargo[58] Dubai–Al Maktoum
UPS Airlines[59] Cologne/Bonn


Annual passenger traffic at LYS airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportation[edit]

Aerial view
Departure gate area


The Rhônexpress tramway began operations in August 2010 and links Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu east of Lyon's city centre with Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry next to the airport in approximately 30 minutes[60][61] using and sharing existing tracks of the Lyon tramway as well as a newly constructed route. This tramway replaced the former coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand leaving the airport with no other public connections to the city centre.

The Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry station is also served by the LGV Rhône-Alpes high speed rail line.


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

Since January 2020, two buses from Transports en commun lyonnais are stopping at the airport:[62]
- The bus 47, from Meyzieu, connecting with Tram line 3 (from Gare Part-Dieu) to Saint-Laurent-de-Mure, connecting with Bus line 1E (from Grange Blanche) via the airport. The line operates 7 days a week, from 5:30am to 11:45pm, every 30 minutes.
- The bus 48, from Genas to the airport.

Electric car service[edit]

The airport has an electric car sharing station. Bolloré Bluecar vehicles are available for rent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Comment se rendre à l'aéroport de Lyon en bus pour seulement 1,90 euro ?". Actu Lyon (in French). 30 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Airliner World". Airliner World (March 2014): 9.
  3. ^ a b c d e - Find your way around the airport Archived 6 December 2018 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 6 December 2018
  4. ^ Akaru. "Le Futur Terminal 1 : un changement de dimension pour Lyon-Saint Exupéry". Le Futur Terminal 1 : un changement de dimension pour Lyon-Saint Exupéry. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Future Terminal 1, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport". Airport Technology. Archived from the original on 29 December 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Air Arabia Maroc adds Tangier – Lyon link in April 2019". Routesonline. Archived from the original on 4 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ "AIR CAIRO 4Q22 NETWORK ADDITIONS SUMMARY – 13OCT22". 13 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Aviation - Une nouvelle liaison Brive-Lyon depuis l'aéroport Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne". 5 March 2018. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Eté 2018 : HOP! Air France ouvre à la vente ses vols vers la Corse". Archived from the original on 4 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Air Montenegro to launch three new routes". Archived from the original on 1 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Air Senegal announces Lyon – where could be next?". 6 January 2021. Archived from the original on 6 January 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Air Serbia to introduce flights to Amman, Lyon and Sochi". Archived from the original on 25 January 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  14. ^ "✅ ✈️️ Fly with Most Affordable and Cheap Ticket Opportunities". Archived from the original on 28 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  15. ^ "BRA Adds Gothenburg – Lyon Route in 1Q23". Aeroroutes.
  16. ^ Londonairtravel (9 August 2022). "British Airways Adds Winter Seasonal Routes at Gatwick". London Air Travel.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Aéroport la Rochelle - Ile de Ré : La compagnie EasyJet reprend la ligne la Rochelle-Lyon". 28 February 2023.
  19. ^ "Infos de l'aérien : Cyprus Airways, Air Corsica, ITA Airways, Resaneo, Air France-KLM, Emirates, etc".
  20. ^[bare URL]
  21. ^ "Cresce l'offerta di easyJet in Italia con due nuovi voli internazionali". 14 March 2023.
  22. ^[bare URL]
  23. ^ "Norwegian lanserar direktflyg till Lyon". 6 September 2022.
  24. ^ "Nouvelair ouvre Lyon-Monastir". 17 March 2017. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Qatar Airways confirms major network expansion and resumption of flights to 11 cities". 7 March 2023. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  26. ^ "Royal Jordanian moves Milan/Lyon addition to Oct 2022". AeroRoutes. 25 July 2022. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  27. ^ "SKY express". Archived from the original on 3 February 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  28. ^ "Book cheap flights online to Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, Scandinavia and Canary Islands -". SunExpress EN. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Flightplan" (PDF). 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Transavia France schedules additional North African routes in S19". Routesonline. Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  31. ^ Transavia
  32. ^ "Voici les lignes estivales de Transavia vers le Maroc au départ de Lyon".
  33. ^ "Transavia is the airline of choice for affordable flights!". Archived from the original on 3 September 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  34. ^ a b c "Transavia launches four new routes between Spain and France in June". 17 March 2021. Archived from the original on 18 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  35. ^ Deligia, Florent (29 October 2019). "Des vols entre Lyon Saint-Exupéry et Amman en Jordanie". Archived from the original on 29 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  36. ^ "Book affordable airline tickets to Lyon with Transavia". Archived from the original on 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  37. ^ a b c Transavia
  38. ^ a b c d "News for Airlines, Airports and the Aviation Industry | CAPA". Archived from the original on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  39. ^ "Nyheter och pressmeddelanden | Om Swedavia". 22 February 1999. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  40. ^ "Volotea s'alia amb Eurowings i llança vuit noves rutes amb Alemanya". 15 February 2023.
  41. ^ a b c d "News for Airlines, Airports and the Aviation Industry | CAPA". Archived from the original on 22 February 2022. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  42. ^ "Volotea s'alia amb Eurowings i llança vuit noves rutes amb Alemanya". 15 February 2023.
  43. ^ a b c d e f Liu, Jim (25 May 2020). "Volotea outlines post-COVID 19 network expansion in S20". Routesonline. Archived from the original on 8 April 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  44. ^ a b c "Cheap flights, offers and plane tickets to Europe". 12 February 2022. Archived from the original on 9 October 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  45. ^ "Aéroport de Lyon : Volotea propose deux nouvelles destinations pas chères vers l'Italie".
  46. ^ "Volotea NS23 Network Additions – 21MAR23".
  47. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 new routes as of 29NOV19". Routesonline. Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  48. ^ "Volotea to launch operations at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in Apr-2018 – Blue Swan Daily". Archived from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  49. ^ "Aéroport de Lyon : Volotea propose deux nouvelles destinations pas chères vers l'Italie".
  51. ^ "Volotea will connect Menorca with Lyon starting in May". 12 January 2022. Archived from the original on 13 January 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  52. ^ "Wizz Air expands in Bucharest with a new based Airbus A321, a new route to Lyon and increased frequencies". 20 September 2019. Archived from the original on 23 September 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  53. ^ "Wizz Air apre nuove rotte. Heviz sul Lago Balaton e un nuovo scalo". 25 March 2022.
  54. ^ "Stamattina conferenza-stampa Wizz Air a Roma". 17 November 2021. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  55. ^ "Wizzair opens three routes from Tirana". italiavola. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  56. ^ Sussex Express
  57. ^ - Cargo network Archived 5 November 2020 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 1 November 2020
  58. ^ - View Schedule retrieved 23 August 2020
  59. ^ Archived 24 November 2020 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 23 August 2020
  60. ^ Citrinot, Luc (30 December 2010). "The price is right for Rhonexpress in Lyon - eTurboNews (eTN)". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  61. ^ " ceased operations". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  62. ^ "TCL Website". Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2020.

External links[edit]

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