Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
Airport type Public
Owner Aéroport de Lyon
Serves Lyon, France
Location Colombier-Saugnieu
Focus city for Aigle Azur
Air France
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

Location of airport in Rhône-Alpes region.

Direction Length Surface
m ft
17R/35L 4,000 13,124 Asphalt
17L/35R 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: 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 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) southeast of Lyon city centre.[2]


Early years

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

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. 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

Terminal building
Departure gate area


Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick[6] 2
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 2
Aigle Azur[7] Algiers, Constantine, Dakar, Porto, Oran, Sétif
Seasonal: Béjaïa
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca 3
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau 2
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
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
easyJet[8] 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
Emirates Dubai–International 2
Enter Air Charter: Cagliari, Gran Canaria 1
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart (begins 28 March 2017)[9] 2
operated by Germanwings
Düsseldorf, Stuttgart (begins 27 March 2017)[10] 2
Flybe[11] Birmingham, Hannover (ends 25 March 2017), Manchester, Southampton 1
Germania Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick 1
HOP! Aurillac, Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brive, Brussels, Caen, Clermont–Ferrand, 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
operated by Air France
Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife–South
1 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
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 2
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
Travel Service Charter: Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Olbia, Tenerife 1
TUIfly Belgium[14] Agadir
Seasonal: Marrakech
Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Ibiza, Kerkyra, Kos, Menorca, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 1
Twin Jet Stuttgart 2
Vueling Barcelona, Málaga, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Seville
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


Air Algérie Cargo Algiers
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
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


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).[15][16] This new tramway replaced the coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand.


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


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