Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Aéroport Lyon-Saint Exupéry
Airport type Public
Owner Aéroports 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)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France
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 (2017)
Passengers 10,280,192
Passenger change 16-17 7.6%
Freight (tons) 55,404
Freight change 16-17 1.2%

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.[1]


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 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

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.[2]


The airport consists of three terminals and two runways aligned north–south. The airport has 18 jetways in terminals 1 and 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.[3] 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.[4]

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


Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick[5]
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aigle Azur Algiers, Constantine, Nantes (begins 28 October 2018), Oran, Sétif
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Fez
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Armenia Aircompany Yerevan[6]
ASL Airlines France Charter: Heraklion, Kerkyra, Olbia, Palermo, Porto, Santorini, Split[7]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Chalair Aviation Limoges
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Split
easyJet Amsterdam (ends 26 October 2018), Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Fuerteventura, Kraków, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Madrid, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Toulouse, Venice, Vienna
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Belfast–International, Biarritz, Bristol, Chania,[8] Corfu,[9] Catania, Dubrovnik, Essaouira, Figari, Ibiza, London-Stansted (begins 16 December 2018),[10] Manchester, Minorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rennes, Split, Stockholm–Arlanda
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (begins 11 December 2018)[11]
Flybe Birmingham, London-Southend, Manchester[12]
HOP! Biarritz, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Caen, La Rochelle, Lille, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Nuremberg, Paris–Orly, Pau, Poitiers, Prague, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Brive,[13] Florence, Calvi, Figari[14]
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife South
Iberia Regional Madrid
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
IGavion Châteauroux Seasonal: London-Stansted, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal: Podgorica
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir,[15] Tunis
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech
SmartWings Seasonal: Fuerteventura,[16] Funchal,[16] Gran Canaria,[16] Palermo,[16] Prague,[17] Rhodes,[18] Tenerife South[16]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya,[19] İzmir[20]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia France Agadir, Algiers, Funchal, Lisbon, Marrakesh, Monastir, Oujda, Porto, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tunis
Seasonal: Athens, Catania,[21] Djerba, Faro, Heraklion, Málaga, Palermo, Seville, Valencia
Travel Service Charter: Fuerteventura, Funchal-Madeira, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, La Palma, Lanzarote, Olbia, Tenerife South
Seasonal charter: Shannon[22]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Agadir, Marrakech[23]
Seasonal charter: Burgas,[24] Djerba[25] Heraklion, Ibiza, Kerkyra, Kos, Menorca, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica[25] Rhodes, Tenerife South
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Twin Jet Clermont-Ferrand,[26] Stuttgart, Zürich
Volotea Seasonal: Alicante, Cagliari,[27] Palermo, Palma de Mallorca
Vueling Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Rome–Fiumicino, Tenerife South[28]
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Seville
Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca (begins 20 November 2018),[29] Warsaw-Chopin
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavik
XL Airways France Saint–Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Pointe-à-Pitre


Air Algérie Cargo Algiers, Oran
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Tunis
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
FedEx Express Marseille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
UPS Airlines 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).[30][31] This new tramway replaced the coach shuttle services (Satobus) that operated beforehand.


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.

Electric car service

The airport has an electric car sharing rental station. You can rent small electric cars Bolloré Bluecar to go to the centre of Lyon.

See also


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  6. ""Armenia" - performing direct and affordable flights to Lyon and Cologne - Aircompany Armenia". Retrieved 2018-09-02.
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  8. "EasyJet to launch three more flights to and from Greece for summer 2018 |". TornosNews.GR.
  9. "Easyjet announces 15 NEW ROUTES to/from France!". TravelFree. 15 December 2017.
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  11. "Finnair opens winter route to Lyon, add frequencies". Daily Finland (14 January 2018). Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  12. "Cheap Flights & Low Cost Flight Tickets - Flybe UK". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  13. France, Centre. "Aviation - Une nouvelle liaison Brive-Lyon depuis l'aéroport Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne".
  14. Rédaction, La. "Eté 2018 : HOP! Air France ouvre à la vente ses vols vers la Corse". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  15. "Nouvelair ouvre Lyon-Monastir". 17 March 2017.
  16. 1 2 3 4 5 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings adds various French routes in S17". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  17. " - Cheap flights not only around Europe". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  18. 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings adds new French routes in S18".
  19. "Book cheap flights online to Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, Scandinavia and Canary Islands -". SunExpress EN. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  20. "Flightplan" (PDF). 2018.
  21. "Book affordable airline tickets to Lyon with Transavia".
  22. "Charter Flights". Travel Choice Ltd. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  23. "Vols lyon - Billets d'avion lyon - TUI fly, avant Jetairfly".
  24. 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "TUI Belgium outlines S17 new French / Italian routes". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  25. 1 2 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "TUI Airlines Belgium adds new sectors in S18". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  26. 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Twin Jet adds Lyon – Clermont-Ferrand service in S18".
  27. "Volotea to launch operations at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in Apr-2018 – Blue Swan Daily".
  28. "Eté 2018 : Vueling dévoile quatre nouveautés en France". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  29. "Wizz Air announces further expansion in Cluj". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  30. eTN, Luc Citrinot, (30 December 2010). "The price is right for Rhonexpress in Lyon - eTurboNews (eTN)". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  31. " ceased operations". Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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