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.
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, 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.
A new forum for the European business aviation community to discuss operational issues will be held in Lyon, France, from March 18 to 20. The BA-Meetup event is intended primarily as a European version of NBAA’s popular Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, but it will also offer topics of interest to pilots, aircraft operators, FBOs, handling agents and managers of business airports.
France’s second-city airport is growing at a fast pace, building on Air France’s “euro-regional” hub. At Lyon Saint Exupéry, the new management team has reshuffled expansion plans, having postponed the addition of another pair of runways.
France-based operator Azur Hélicoptère is considering offering helicopter connections between Lyon Saint Exupéry airport and the city’s convention center, which would involve building a helipad downtown. Overflights of populated areas are strictly regulated in Europe, so the operator would use the Rhône River as a route. Other links would be offered to and from Lyon Bron business airport and the neighboring exhibition center.
Compagnie Corse Méditerranée (CCM) Airlines, the French regional airline that specializes in routes between France and Corsica, wants to buck a trend established by small French regional airlines by loosening its relationship with Air France.
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