Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport has completed the first phase of its Terminal 3 construction project, with the opening of its brand new T3 Satellite building.
The new Terminal 3 Satellite building started operations last week, ten months after construction began on the wider T3 extension project.
The 5,000sqm building will handle 1.5 million passengers boarding and arriving at the terminal until the main T3 building is completed in April 2012, when capacity will double to 3mppa.
Now the T3 Satellite building is open, passengers check in and go through security in the original terminal building, and then make their way to the departure lounges located in the new satellite via new walkways.
The satellite incorporates a departure floor level, a semi-underground arrival floor, two departure lounges – that can be extended to 10 – and a 500sqm retail area.
An underground tunnel beneath the aircraft taxiing zone connects the satellite to the existing Terminal 3 building.
The satellite building's spacious lounges are surrounded by windows, have colourful furniture, and have views of the runways and aircraft – a far cry from the old temporary infrastructure which was opened in 2008.
Meanwhile, the new revamped Terminal 3 will be completed by April 2012.
When opened, 50% of the original terminal’s 4,000sqm will be devoted to check-in with 12 check-in desks, and the arrivals hall will be bigger at 1,000sqm with a new layout including two luggage carousels.
The new terminal will also have 10 gates for medium-haul aircraft.
The extended Terminal 3 building is intended to be in place for 3 years, allowing for optimum management of low-cost traffic while the major new Terminal 1 extension programme is completed.
The extension of the existing Terminal 1 building is to cover a total surface area of 40,000sqm and will incorporate a shopping gallery in a restricted area spread over a 10,000sqm, a centralised security checkpoint, and a total of 34 check-in desks.
This project is scheduled for completion at the start of 2016.