Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (French: Aeroport Lyon Saint-Exupery) (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), formerly known as Lyon Satolas Airport, is one of the two airports located in the agglomeration of Lyon, France. The airport is named after the French writer and pilot Antoine de Saint Exupery, a native of Lyon.
The airport lies in Colombier-Saugnieu, 11 NM (20 km 13 mi) east southeast of Lyon city centre. Its two runways are aligned north-south. It is an important transport facility for the entire Rhone-Alpes region. Coach links connect the airport with the centre of Lyon and other towns in the area including Chambery and Grenoble.
The airport was inaugurated by President Valery 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 Rhone-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-Exupery, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, is the airport’s most notable architectural feature.
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 Exupery.
Since 1997, the airport is a major Regional hub for the airline Air France.
In 2014, the airport served 8,467,093 passengers, making it France’s fourth busiest airport after Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Nice airports.
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- Local Transport
By bus: Lyon's major passenger airport is around 12 miles from the centre of town. A aâ‚¬ËœSatobus' shuttle service runs from Lyon Saint Exupery TGV station aâ‚¬â€œ which is connected to the airport by a walkway aâ‚¬â€œ to Lyon Part Dieu and Lyon Perrache train stations every 20-minutes between 05:25 and 21:55 daily. Outside these hours, services are scheduled around plane arrivals.
By taxi: There's a taxi rank at the airport in front of Terminal 1 and another behind Lyon Saint Exupery TGV station next to the P6 car park. The cost of a fare to Lyon city centre varies according to the time of day.
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