Lyon–St Exupéry has unveiled its new dedicated low cost carrier terminal.
The 10-gate Terminal 3 “boarding satellite” was completed on June 28 and was designed in consultation with easyJet, which uses the airport as a base, and uses pre-boarding rooms, which allow for a 20-minute turnaround.
The airport offers a 40% reduction in airline fees to carriers using the new terminal, which was built at a cost of €24.2 million.
The 5,000sqm satellite has doubled the airport’s low-cost carrier passenger capacity to 3 million.
The terminal is part of a grander $260 million project at Lyon – the extension of both Terminals 1 and 3 – due for completion in 2016.
By then, Terminal 3 will be directly connected to a new shared 15,000sqm public area, where check-in, security, arrivals and baggage handling will be centralised.
Check-in for the new Terminal 3 currently takes place within the old T3 building, and is connected to the satellite by an underground walkway.
Philippe Bernand, CEO of Aéroports de Lyon, said: “It is a new low cost carrier terminal, but it has not been built in the idea of the lowest possible cost. It has been built following very constructive, positive discussions with airlines.
“The terminal is not low cost, but it is designed to accommodate low cost carriers.
“We have analysed, with the airlines, what is critical for them in terms of ground operations. It is simple, but it is not cheap.”
The new satellite building has its own duty free section as well as a food court.
The old Terminal 3, which was opened in 1992, in time for the Winter Olympics in Albertville, will be demolished in 2016.