Lyon Saint-Exupéry elected 2019 Europe’s Best Airport

Published: 2019/09/23

Host of innovative services like the world’s first outdoor valet parking robot – Stan – and the airport-to-home baggage deliver system – Eelway, Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport was elected 2019 Europe’s Best Airport in the category of 10-25 million passengers a year.

The ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards criteria are based on customer service, retail, security, environmental awareness, and it is awarded in four categories: under 5 million passengers a year, between 5-10 million passengers, between 10-25 million passengers, and over 25 million passengers a year.

A second award for Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

In 2010, LYS Airport won the award in the category of 5-10 million passengers. Nine years later, and now operated by private company VINCI Airports, the airport has reached the 11-million passengers’ milestone and has opened 52 new routes – including direct flights to Warsaw and Beirut.

Over 500 airports in 45 European countries among ACI’s membership were considered during the 15th Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, but Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport stood out for its enhanced intermodal connectivity (bus-rail-air), distinguished operational control, security technology, and commitment to a sustainable growth.

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport entrance

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport stood out for its enhanced intermodal connectivity (bus-rail-air)



Lyon airport to experiment the latest digital technologies

As part of the VINCI’s environmental program, AirPact, the airport set goals to manage greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, noise, energy, waste, biodiversity and impact to the local community.

In 2017, LYS obtained the highest level of carbon neutrality certification: the ACA3+.

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport new terminal

Lyon Saint-Exupéry new terminal.

On a note to the press, VINCI Airports stated that LYS will become one of the company’s leading-edge airports, experimenting the latest digital, biometric, and artificial intelligence technologies before all the 46 other airports operated by them.

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“Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport is exemplary worldwide in terms of environmental performance and will define the best practices that will make a reality of VINCI Airports’ goals for its entire network,” they said.