Lyon Airports in France has handled nearly 8.5 million passengers in 2014, marking a decrease of 1.1% when compared with the same period in 2013.
Air France and HOP! have witnessed 10.1% decline in traffic, which was balanced out by the good results achieved by other airlines that operate at Lyon-Saint Exupéry.
The airport handled around three million national passengers in 2014, marking a decrease of 4% when compared with the previous year.
Meanwhile, the airport’s international traffic represented 64% of total traffic compared with 63% in 2013.
The flights to Portugal, Greece and Spain have witnessed growth in passenger traffic.
This growth was driven by the development of Vueling, easyJet, Transavia.com and Aegean airlines, which have respectively opened new routes to Malaga and Seville, Palma from Mallorca, Athens and Funchal, Heraklion.
Belgium, Ireland and Croatia have all benefitted from new routes.
However, Germany experienced negative growth as it was still reeling under the effects of Air France’s removal of their service between Dusseldorf and Stuttgart.
Paris CDG and Bordeaux were found to have the highest traffic within the country with 478,654 and 457,970 passengers respectively.
Internationally, London had the highest traffic, followed by Frankfurt and Barcelona.
According to the figures released, the airport handled 49,833t of air freight and mail, 11.9% up compared with 2013.
Image: Lyon Airports in France has handled nearly 8.5 million passengers in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Lyon Airports.