First phase of Lyon’s new terminal 1 project opens

The new Terminal 1 facility at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport became partially open last week ahead of its full operational opening scheduled for summer 2018.

Built into the existing terminal over 70,000 m², the new terminal will double the surface of Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. Its opening has been planned in three phases.

From 11 April, the new Terminal 1, under the name of Terminal 1 Hall B, is serving low-cost flight passengers from EasyJet, Transavia, Air Arabia and Pegasus. A new esplanade serves as the new entry point for passengers with some changes made to the road link. Eventually, the old check-in space of Terminal 3 will be destroyed to create a liaison between the new and current Terminal 1.

In September in addition to low-cost flights, conventional airlines will operate from Terminal 1 Hall B. New facilities will be available to passengers, most notably the “Place des Lumières” a 10 000 m² shopping, restaurant, entertainment and relaxation area.

The final piece in the Terminal 1 construction, the liaison between Terminal 1 Hall A and the old Terminal 1 Hall B, will be completed next summer. Once the construction has been completed, the airport’s capacity will increase to 14 and subsequently 15 million by 2020.

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