France’s Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport served 8,562,298 passengers in 2013, an institutional best, with a 1.3% year-on-year traffic increase.

The number of domestic passengers remained stable, and the 3.3% increase in Paris flights compensated the 0.7% dip in regional French routes.

A significant growth was seen across larger cross-country connections such as Nantes (up 2.2% to 344,868 passengers), Nice (up 4% to 233,559 passengers) and Biarritz (up 7.2% to 114,014 passengers).

Overall passenger traffic was primarily driven by international connections, which recorded a 2.6% increase year-over-year. Overseas flights accounted for 5,394,873 passengers and represented 63% of total traffic.

"European connections were driven by the doubling of routes to Barcelona."

European connections accounted for 3,542,724 passengers, and were driven by the doubling of routes to Barcelona, and flights to new destinations such as Seville.

Portugal recorded a 10.2% increase in passenger numbers due to its low-cost range, while passenger numbers from UK flights were up by 9.8% by the end of the year.

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Passenger numbers to Turkey and Greece increased by 23.2%, while Istanbul, Morocco and Algeria recorded increases of 23.1%, 0.5%, and 8.9% respectively.

Passengers to Germany, Belgium and Italy declined by 3.4%, 2.1% and 6.3% respectively.

Barcelona was the leading international destination with 293,732 passengers, ahead of London (271, 007) and Frankfurt (268, 952).

The quantity of freight and air mail transported increased 22.7% to 44,820.2t; air freight transport rose 26.5% to 42,159.8t; air mail cargo dropped by 16.8% to 2,660.3t; and integrators represented 33, 810t, up by 12.3%.

Mixed freight rose 129% to 6,740t, while cargo soared 400% to 1,609t.

The number of aircraft movements continued to decrease with 113,420 total movements, down by 2.8% from 2012; however, both passenger numbers and air freight registered 1.3% and 22.7% increase respectively.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is an important transport facility for the Rhône-Alpes region.

Image: The passenger traffic at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport was primarily driven by international connections, which recorded a 2.6% increase year-over-year. Photo: courtesy of Benreis.