Lyon Airport unveils new Terminal 1

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FRANCE: The first stone was laid on the future Lyon Airport Terminal 1 on Friday 12 December 2014 by Philippe Bernand, Chairman of the Board of Lyon Airports and Alain Loyer, CEO of GFC Construction.

Designed by the architectural firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the future Terminal will cover a surface area of 70,000m², double the surface area of the current terminals. This will enable Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport to serve 15 million passengers by 2020.

The project, including the terminal building, the exterior, aircraft parking and facilities, represents a total investment of €180 million, €140 million of which is to be spent on building work. The European Investment Bank is providing 5-years’ worth of funding for the programme with a total loan of €140 million. The building work will be split into two phases: the first phase will consist of building the new terminal, the second will involve connecting it to the existing Terminal 1.

In 2013, Lyon-Saint Exupéry passed the 8.5-million passenger mark, offering 115 direct destinations. Traffic development is driven by growth in two areas: the international segment, which represents 63% of total traffic at the airport, and the low cost segment, which is experiencing strong growth. In the medium-term, the objective is to increase passenger traffic on medium-haul routes to Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as on long-haul routes to China and North America.

The new terminal will serve the growing low cost traffic at the airport, in addition to traffic from traditional airlines. Terminal 1 will eventually be connected to Terminal 3 via underground gallery.

The project is a remodelling of the existing structure, which uses sloping facades and expressive outer walls. The new terminal will combine the airport’s current charcoal-grey metal structure with concrete. A hanging garden with a terrace will be seen by passengers as they board and disembark on the upper level.

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Totally interconnected, Lyon Airport is a multimodal platform, easily and quickly accessible by motorway, TGV and the Rhônexpress light rail link. 

The Lyon-Saint Exupéry TGV station has been in operation since July 1994. Since 2nd April 2013, Ouigo low cost high speed trains have been running 3 round trips during the week and 8 round trips during the weekend from the station at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Ouigo complements the TGV rail services at Lyon-Saint Exupéry station.

Rhônexpress connects Lyon (Part-Dieu station) city centre with Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in less than 30 minutes, with a tram every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Out of 7.7 million origin/destination passengers, 13.3% used Rhonexpress to travel to/from Lyon Airport in 2013, which is 7.7% more than the previous year. High speed rail access also saw an 8.1% increase – 1.1% travellers used TGV to travel to/from the airport. Car traffic decreased by 1% - 80% of 7.7m origin/destination passengers travelled to/from the airport by car.

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