Lyon Airport

Welcome to Lyon (LYS) Airport the most important transport facility for the entire Rhône-Alpes region.

Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, 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 20 kilometres southeast of Lyon city centre. 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 Second World War.


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 since been a focus city for the airline Air France


The airport is a very huge one and it serves as an international airport harboring many international passenger airlines from all over the world. These include: Freebird Airlines, Germanwings, Iberia Express, Jetairfly, KLM, Lufthansa, Montenegro Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Transaero Airlines, Transavia France, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Twin Jet, Vueling, WOW air, XL Airways France, Flybe, Europe Airpost, Emirates, easyJet, Eastern Airways, Croatia Airlines, Chalair Aviation, Brussels Airlines, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Airlinair, Air Transat, Air Méditerranée, Air Malta, Air France, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Algérie, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus and others. The airport is also served by several cargo airlines that include; DHL Aviation, Emirates SkyCargo, TNT Airways, Europe Airpost and UPS Airlines.


Despite being a big international airport, it has not yet received any awards from the diverse international community. However it deserves an award because it is the airport that supplies the third biggest city in France, Lyon with all the tourists from all over the globe. It is a very important transport facility for that entire region.

Routes and Destinations

The airport harbors airlines that travel through many different routes and destinations in the world including; Agadir, Athens, Bodrum, Chlef, Corfu, Dakar, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jijel, Malaga, Marrakech, Monastir, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Tenerife–South, Bologna, Florence, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Venice, Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen, Basel/Mulhouse, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Lille, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Montpellier, Nantes, Pau, Prague, Rennes, Strasbourg, Funchal, Monastir, Porto, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tunis, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lisbon and very many other routes and destinations across the globe.

Why fly through this airport

How to check-in

Passengers who want to check-in the airport can do so by visiting the airport’s website. There, they can book for their respective flights and make reservations accordingly. When booking for a flight online, the passenger will be required to print the boarding pass as early as 30 days from the flights departure time or as late as 2 hours to the departure time. If there are any problems with the boarding pass or there is anything the passenger would like to confirm and they cannot do so at the website, they are requested to call in the airport and confirm about their flight. The passenger can even check in the airport individually to make sure that there is nothing wrong and to confirm their flight after booking.

Baggage and Allowance

Most of the passengers booking any flights will be carrying luggage. Therefore it is recommended that all passengers should check at the website for the different rates that are charged at the airport for the luggage and the allowance given on the charges. Most passengers just come in with their bags not knowing that for every additional bag other than the required ones, there is an additional fee attached to it. The passengers should have all this information and if there are any queries, they should be addressed at the airport’s customer help desk.


For an easy time during departure time, all passengers should confirm their seats with the reservations desk. All seats are assigned immediately after booking and should be confirmed a few hours before boarding the flight.

Booking Fee

Different booking fees are allowed by different airlines so the passengers should be familiar with the fees attached to their airline of choice before they start booking for reservations or for any flights. This information will be available online at the airport’s website.

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 Airport Contact Details

Lyon Airport

Aeroports De Lyon SA,
BP 113,
F-69125 Lyon-Saint Exupery Aeroport,

Tel:+33 (0)8 26800826
Fax:+33 (0)4 72227471


Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Lyon

 Location Details

Longitude:5° 4' 54'' E
Latitude:45° 43' 32'' N

 Airport Location

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