Macroautophagy/autophagy is a conserved catabolic pathway during which cellular material is sequestered within newly formed double-membrane vesicles called autophagosomes and delivered to the lytic compartment of eukaryotic cells for degradation. Autophagosome biogenesis depends on the core autophagy-related (Atg) machinery, and involves a massive supply and remodelling of membranes. To gain insight into the lipid remodelling mechanisms during autophagy, we have systematically investigated whether lipid flippases are required for this pathway in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that the flippase Drs2, which transfers phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylethanolamine from the lumenal to the cytosolic leaflet of the limiting membrane at the trans-Golgi network, is required for normal progression of autophagy. We also show that Drs2 is important for the trafficking of the core Atg protein Atg9. Atg9 is a transmembrane protein important for autophagosome biogenesis and its anterograde transport from its post-Golgi reservoirs to the site of autophagosome formation is severely impaired in the absence of Drs2. Thus, our results identify a novel autophagy player and highlight that membrane asymmetry regulates early autophagy steps.