VINCI Airports 04.04.2022

Lyon Airport: a dynamic recovery and positive perspective as the environmental plan continues

The dynamic recovery in traffic observed since last summer is confirmed at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. In addition to the route’s reopening, nine new destinations will be offered in 2022, increasing the total number of destinations to over 100. Cargo activity is also particularly dynamic, with an increase of +7% in 2021 vs. 2020 for airfreight, and +8% for all-cargo, which is 3% higher than in 2019.

The dynamic recovery in traffic observed since last summer is confirmed at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. In addition to the route’s reopening, nine new destinations will be offered in 2022, increasing the total number of destinations to over 100.
Cargo activity is also particularly dynamic, with an increase of +7% in 2021 vs. 2020 for airfreight, and +8% for all-cargo, which is 3% higher than in 2019.

In addition, in order to improve the passenger experience and the environmental performance of the building, the airport is undertaking renovation work on Terminal 2, which should extend until 2024. This renovation will improve the building’s energy performance, optimize the customer experience with: the redevelopment and diversification of the retail and foodservices offer, and the reorganization of the waiting and boarding areas, but also to bring the baggage sorting system (BHS) into compliance and improve the security checkpoints.

During the construction period in Terminal 2, business will be transferred to Terminal 1, where improvements have been made to accommodate this traffic shift.
The new P3 parking will be opened in mid-May, offering 2,000 spaces in front of Terminal 1. To meet our objective of decarbonizing our activities, particularly by using solar energy, the parking lot will be self-consuming thanks to its 7,000 m² photovoltaic roofing. The renewable energy produced, which will exceed the needs of the parking, will also be used to supply other installations at the airport.
Still on the environmental front, and in line with VINCI Airports’ global strategy, the airport is pursuing its action plan to reduce its CO2 emissions as much as possible and to absorb its residual emissions locally, in order to reach zero net emissions on its perimeter by 2026.

The airport is also a VINCI Airports pilot site for the use of hydrogen. A hydrogen station will be installed on the platform in 2023 to supply light duty vehicles and part of the parking shuttles, in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. Then, in partnership with Airbus and Air Liquide, the airport plans to install a green hydrogen gas distribution station for heavy mobility in 2024-2025. The objective is, beyond 2030, to deploy infrastructures for the green liquid hydrogen production, storage and distribution needed to use this new energy on the ground and on board planes.

Finally, in order to support the recovery dynamic, around 100 jobs are to be required within the companies present on the platform, confirming the major socio-economic role of the airport in the region.

Key numbers from the article

+9
new destinations are proposed in 2022, bringing the total number of destinations to over 100.
+7%
Cargo activity increased by +7% in 2021 vs. 2020 on airfreight.
+8%
All-cargo freight increased by +8% in 2021 vs. 2020.