Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport: inauguration of the new Terminal 1
Lyon-Saint Exupéry’s new Terminal 1 – which has been open to passengers on low-cost flights since April and started catering to conventional airlines on 3 October – was officially inaugurated on 7 October 2017 by Nicolas Notebaert (Chairman of Aéroports de Lyon’s Supervisory Board and CEO of VINCI Concessions) and Philippe Bernand (Chairman of Aéroports de Lyon’s Board of Directors) in a ceremony attended by Gérard Collomb (Minister of the Interior), Elisabeth Borne (Minister of Transport), Christophe Guilloteau (President of the Rhône department), David Kimelfeld (President of the Lyon metropolis), Etienne Blanc (First Vice-President for Finance, Administration, Budget Savings and Cross-Border Policy, Auvergne Rhône Alpes regional council), Xavier Huillard (Chairman and CEO of VINCI) and Emmanuel Imberton (Chairman of the Lyon Métropole, Saint Etienne and Roanne Chamber of Commerce and Industry).
This terminal’s inauguration, a year after the switch in Aéroports de Lyon’s governance, is lifting Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport into a new league and mirrors the development goals that VINCI Airports and its partners Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Agricole Assurances are aiming to deliver.
The new terminal was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, an architect firm, and spans 70,000 sq. meters, doubling the airport’s area. It is sized and built to support traffic growth and improve service quality by treating passengers and airlines to the highest international standards.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport cleared the 9 million passengers a year mark for the first time in 2016, following 9.8% growth year on year. And the trend is just as vibrant in 2017 with 8.2% growth in H1 2017 versus H1 2016. The airport is benefiting from the 30 new lines it opened in 2016 and counting on the 14 new lines due to open in 2017 to step beyond the 10 million passenger milestone this year.
The renovation project, which kicked off in 2011, encompassed the building, public outdoor areas, aircraft parking areas and facilities. The overall investment amounted to €215 million. The work should be completed before summer 2018, when the Terminal 1’s Hall A and Hall B are fully connected.
About 350 people worked at the site at the project’s peak, from a large number of local partner companies (75% based in the region). This project will create 240 new jobs when the Place des Lumières and its 20 boutiques and restaurants open and the conventional airlines transfer to the new Terminal.