Lyon Bron Airport in southeast France (Booth 664), some 70 miles southwest of Geneva, enjoyed 7.5-percent growth in business aviation traffic during the first three months of this year. This came on the heels of 7.5-percent growth for the whole of last year–to 6,359 aircraft movements–ranking Lyon Bron the third busiest French airport for business aviation. The growing roster of new operators at the field and planned construction are giving the local officials cause for continued optimism.
While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Lyon Bron airport in central France is bucking the trend with an 8.3-percent year-over-year growth in business aviation traffic over the first nine months to 4,767 aircraft movements, according to local statistics. Europe-wide data indicates a 4-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Lyon Bron Airport, which serves France’s second most populous urban area, is planning to expand its business aviation terminal and build new hangars as well as extend its runways. The runway extension, which will increase the length to 6,030 feet from 4,980 feet, is scheduled to be completed in March next year. By 2014, two new hangars are to be built–one for aircraft storage and the other for maintenance. Afterward, Lyon Bron will expand its business aviation terminal to include new conference rooms and an improved crew area.
In an effort to penetrate the UK and U.S. markets, France’s Lyon-Bron Airport has grooved its 5,971-foot runway so that international operators can disregard the 15-percent increase for landing on wet runways. Having recently joined NBAA, Lyon-Bron (LYN) is the first French business aviation airport to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration standards, since French civil aviation standards do not include grooving.
Lyon Bron Airport in France held a grand opening for a new 32,000-sq-ft hangar on April 2. The $4.7 million facility includes 2,800 sq ft of office space. Green features of the hangar include 15,000 sq ft of solar cells on the roof, capable of producing 90 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Another part of the roof is covered with vegetation that will retain rainwater.
Lyon Bron Airport, the business aviation field in France’s second largest city, is still betting on mid-term growth and is preparing to break ground on three major construction projects this year, including a restaurant, a 10,000-sq-ft hangar and a new facility for EMS helicopters. All building projects are funded by third-party investors, which apparently are sticking to their plans despite the severe global downturn.
Lyon Bron Airport, the business aviation field in France’s second largest city, is still betting on mid-term growth and is preparing to break ground on three major construction projects this year, airport officials said last week. An 80-seat restaurant with accompanying conference room and two boutique shops will be housed in a €1.7 million ($2.1 million) building.
Eurocopter EC 135-T2, Molesmes, France, Jan. 2, 2009–The pilot of the Regourd Aviation EC 135 was killed when the helicopter crashed in hills near Molesmes in IFR conditions. The helicopter, which was destroyed, was en route from Paris to Lyon Bron. The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses is investigating.
Representatives of Lyon Bron Airport (Booth No. 1057) are here at EBACE discussing plans to build new hangars to attract more operators. Last year, the facility boasted a 14-percent growth in business aircraft movements to a total of 7,200 and has set a target of 10,000 movements in 2012. According to business unit manager Eric Dumas, NetJets Europe is Lyon Bron’s best non-local customer.