Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

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Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
LFLL logo.png
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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 (2013)
Passengers 8,562,298
Freight (tons) 44,820
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 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 all three terminals. 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. With 8.5 million passengers transiting through the airport in 2014, Aéroports De Lyon started the project of a new terminal, which will double the capacity and the area, with its 70,000 m²[4]

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
Seasonal charter: London Gatwick[5]
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 Canada Montréal–Trudeau (begins 17 June 2016)[6] 2
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta 1
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Agadir, Athens, Bodrum, Chlef, Corfu, Dakar, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jijel, Malaga, Marrakech, Monastir, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Tenerife–South
Seasonal charter: Chlef, Dubrovnik, Jijel, Oslo, Seville, Shannon
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau 2
Austrian Airlines Vienna 2
Blue Air Bucharest (begins 4 June 2016) TBA
British Airways London–Heathrow 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Chalair Aviation Cologne/Bonn,[7] Limoges 2
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split 1
Eastern Airways Lorient 2
easyJet Agadir, Amsterdam (begins 17 December 2015), 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 (begins 16 December 2015), Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast-International (begins 12 December 2015), Biarritz, Bristol, Casablanca, Catania (begins 16 April 2016), Dubrovnik, Figari, Ibiza, La Rochelle (begins 1 July 2016), London-Southend (begins 12 December 2015), Manchester, Minorca (begins 1 July 2016), Mykonos (begins 2 July 2016), Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca,[10] Split
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Rennes 1
Eurowings Düsseldorf 2
Flybe Birmingham
Seasonal: Manchester
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Istanbul–Ataturk 1
HOP! Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Florence, Gothenburg–Landvetter, La Rochelle, Lille, Luxembourg (begins 21 February 2016),[11] Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Orly, Pau, Poitiers, Prague, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Bastia, Naples
Seasonal charter: Split
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife-South[12]
1 Seasonal: Manchester (begins 19 December 2015) TBA
Jetairfly[13] Agadir
Winter seasonal: Marrakech
KLM Amsterdam 2
KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 2
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: Manchester (begins 20 December 2015) TBA
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal: Podgorica 1
Nouvelair Djerba, Tunis 1
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen[14] 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 2
SunExpress 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 Lisbon 1
Tassili Airlines Algiers 1
Transavia France Algiers,[15] Funchal, Monastir, Porto, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tunis
Seasonal: Athens, Faro (begins 16 May 2016), Heraklion, Lisbon (begins 16 May 2016), Marrakesh, Oujda, Seville,[16] Valencia (begins 16 May 2016)
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 December 2015)
Seasonal: Punta Cana, Saint-Denis de la Réunion


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum
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).[17][18] 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