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Lyon-Saint Exupéry has record month in May

Passenger traffic at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport reached record levels in May, increasing nearly 11% on a year earlier.

Passenger traffic at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport reached record levels in May, increasing nearly 11% on a year earlier.


The number of passengers at Lyon Airport hit 813,251 in May, the highest they have ever been, thanks to an increase in both domestic and international traffic.


According to the gateway, passenger traffic usually reaches its peak in July, however the number of passengers in May surpassed the previous record held in July 2010 when the figure was 811,742.


Another record was also reached on Monday 2 May for the number of daily passengers which reached 32,985.


Lyon Airport said the figures were “testament to the positive development of air traffic on both domestic and international flights.”


Domestic traffic at the gateway grew by 16.5% over the month due to increased traffic to Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.


Meanwhile, international traffic also increased by 8.3% in May, representing 511,394 passengers.


Flights to Germany, Belgium, Italy and Portugal all recorded rises more than 20%, while traffic to Greece and Turkey rose by 43.4% and 34.4% respectively.


However, despite a rise of nearly 30% to Algeria, Lyon–Saint Exupéry said that traffic to North Africa declined by 13% in general as a result of local events.

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