Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (
) , formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is one
of the two airports located in the agglomeration of Lyon, France.
airport is named after the French writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
native of Lyon.
airport lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, east southeast of Lyon city centre.
are aligned north-south. It is an
important transport facility for the entire Rhône-Alpes
region. Coach links connect the airport with the
centre of Lyon and other towns in the area including Chambéry and Grenoble.
The airport was inaugurated by President
on 12 April 1975 and opened to passengers a week
was designed to replace the old Lyon-Bron Airport which could not be extended as it was located in an
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
Originally named Lyon Satolas Airport
, in 2000 the airport
and train station were renamed in honour of Lyonnais aviation
pioneer and writer Antoine de Saint
the airport served 7,320,952 passengers, making it France's fourth
busiest airport after Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Nice airports.
Airlines and destinations
Aerial view of Lyon Airport