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Traffic down in 2014 at Lyon after 5 years of growth

After five years of growth Lyon Airports says it has seen a slight decrease in passenger traffic of 1.1% in 2014.

The airport says this was due to negative growth of the Air France Group (-10.1%) was balanced out by the good results achieved by other airlines (+4%), which operate at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.

Freight activity also continues its progression, with a rise of 12% compared to 2013, reaching 49,833 tonnes.

In 2014, Lyon Saint-Exupéry welcomed 8,467,093 passengers, despite the sharp fall in traffic seen by Air France and HOP!, and was boosted by Emirates' service to Dubai and low-cost flights.

Domestic traffic at 2,983,121 passengers showed a decrease of -4% compared to 2013, androutes to Paris (+4.9%) made up for the reduced offer from the Air France Group on several lines.

This year, international traffic continued to grow at Lyon-Saint Exupéry by 0.4%, with 5,419,005 passengers in 2014, and it represented 64% of total traffic compared to 63% in 2013.

The highlights of this year with regard to European transfers include the large number of flights to Portugal (+11.2%), Greece (+16.3%) and Spain (+3.4%).

This boom was brought about by the development of Vueling, easyJet, Transavia and Aegean airlines, which have respectively opened new routes to Malaga and Seville, Palma from Mallorca, Athens and Funchal, Heraklion.

Turkey (+8.5%) and Algeria (+7.3%) have continued to experience growth, Tunisia has picked up again (+4.7%) and Emirates’ link to Dubai, on the other hand had a large increase of +26.9% compared to 2013. 

With regard to traffic sectors, the low-cost sector continues its development at Lyon Saint-Exupéry representing 26.2% of total traffic against 24% in 2013.

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