2018: A Record Breaking Year For Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

Published: 2019/01/28

Lyon’s Airports More Popular Than Ever

Lyon’s Saint-Exupéry Airport attracted more travellers in 2018 than ever before.©Fred Crouzet

In 2018, Lyon’s Saint-Exupéry airport welcomed more travellers and more freight than ever before.

Over 11 Million Travellers in 2018

In 2018, a massive 11,037,410 passengers passed through Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, 7.4% more than the year before.

In 2017, Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport smashed through the 10 million ceiling, and this year they have gone one step further. This confirms Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport’s position amongst the 5 most frequented airports in France.

More Destinations

The increase in destinations that you can fly to from the airport undoubtedly played a role in more customers frequenting the airport. 26 lines opened in 2018, 12 of which were new destinations. 67.1% of the total air traffic came from abroad, which means that Lyon is welcoming more and more tourists.

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More Freight than Previous Years

There has also been an increase of 4.5% in the volume of freight passing through the airport. A huge 60,717 tonnes of freight was handled at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport in 2018.

Lyon’s Bron Airport Breaks Records Too

It’s not just about Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Bron Airport has been smashing records too. Lyon Bron welcomed 19.9% more customers in 2018 in comparison to the year before. Lyon Bron airport focuses on business travellers due to its proximity to the city centre, and is the 3rd ranked airport for business travel in France.

Plenty of Options for Anglophone Travellers

As a reminder for Brits, from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport you can fly direct to Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Belfast. There are also flights to Dublin in The Republic of Ireland. For Canadians, there are direct flights to Montreal.