Terminal 1 at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport: delivery of phase B
Terminal 1 at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport continues to grow, as work on a new esplanade, central bus station and baggage delivery hall is completed, to offer customers an even smoother, more comfortable travel experience. The penultimate phase of the project was delivered today, 19 June.
Progressively commissioned since April 2017, Terminal 1 will today open 3 new passenger zones – the 10,000m2 esplanade outside the terminal entrance, a central bus station and a baggage delivery hall for long-haul flights fitted with special equipment able to handle oversized items for ski charter flights in the winter.
In addition, 25 new check-in desks will also be put in service today. They will help increase passenger processing capacity in Terminal 1 as well as make the travel experience smoother. Just off the new esplanade, a new bus station is now able to bring together all regular line bus departures and arrivals. Between now and October, 12 platforms will be commissioned. Situated directly next to the terminal entrance, the new bus station allows passengers using multiple modes of transport to easily and quickly access the airport. Lyon airport has also installed a free parking zone at the end of each platform (north and south).
Inaugurated on 7 October 2017, the new terminal raises Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to the next level, to meet the high growth in traffic and record-breaking passenger numbers, which exceeded the 10-million mark last year.
The new terminal spans 70,000m², double the previous surface area at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, and continues to offer a level of service that meets the quality standards offered by VINCI Airports. It has been designed to handle the growth in traffic and improve the quality of service by offering both passengers and airlines the best in international airport standards. Initiated in 2011 and covering the terminal building, outside areas, aircraft parking zones and equipment, the project has required an overall investment of €215 million. The majority of work will be completed for summer 2018 and all airport features will be delivered by the end of the year.
At its peak, 350 people were working on the project, which has involved a great number of local partners (75% of them are based in the region). In addition, 240 new jobs have been created following the opening of the Place des Lumières with its 20 shops and restaurants and the transfer of all conventional airlines to the new Terminal.