Closed since March 31, 2020, the Orly airport is finally reopening on June 26, 2020 with 70 flights planned and said to travel withing the Schengen area, and several flights for oversea lands. A number that will gradually increase, with 125 flights by mid-July with the reopening of some borders starting from July 1. What destinations are reopening to air travels? What planes remain on the ground? We give you answers.
Among flights resuming, Corsica with several flights provided by Air France, Vueling, and Air Corsica. Countries withing the Schengen area are also available to the reopening of the airport with flights by EasyJet to Italy, Greece, Germany, and Portugal. As for Vueling, they will deploy their fleet to Spain, Italy, London, and Greece. Note that oversea lands will be most of the activity with departures towards Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion Island, and Tahiti.
As for destinations planes remain on the ground, we have Northern America with the United States and Canada, as well as Maghreb, Western Africa, Caribbean, and Mauritius. Air lanes will reopen once countries will reopen their borders. Yet, the question remains without an answer for French Guiana where the epidemic highly increased these past weeks.
For the record, the coronavirus epidemic causes heavy consequences for some fields. In Paris, tourism suffers from this health crisis and the collapse of the air traffic led to the closure of the Orly airport starting Tuesday March 31, 2020. The day before containment exit in France, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari says on RTL that the Parisian airport could reopen from June 26th, 2020 provided the health situation allows it. As France is in the second phase of its containment exit, this date has been confirmed by Aéroports de Paris.
Operators have also been invited to propose solid flight program by June 15th. The State Secretary for Transports also says that "The health situation must keep on improving and we must standardize the health measures with our European and Mediterranean neighbors".
We must say, that on a usual basis, flights towards Maghreb represent most of the activity of this airport and resuming air traffic depends on the reopening of borders. But, Maghreb's borders are currently closed, so are those of the Schengen area said to remain shut until further notice. Inside the European Union, Spain is said to have planned to keep borders closed until October.
Interviewed by BFM TV, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebarri says the Orly airport is not likely to reopen on May 11, 2020:
"We have 2% of the traffic, as of today, traffic is focused on Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, for freight as much as for passenger. As the traffic will resume, especially Transavia and others, we'll consider when we can reopen Orly, and of course, it will be in agreement with the airlines, but today, we don't think traffic of such a level on May 11 will lead to reopening Orly"
The day before, the airport set in South Paris recorded only twenty plane movements for about a thousand passengers instead of the usual and daily 600 movements and 90,000 passengers. Out of the hundred airlines working within the Orly airport only four of them remained active. They have been transferred to the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.
The latter is the first airport in France and is one of the most frequented in the world. And yet! Interviewed this Monday March 30, 2020 by RTL, Aéroports de Paris CEO Augustin de Romanet estimated “that at CDG, we will have about 10,000 passenger a day while we usually have 200,000 passengers a day”.
Aéroport de Paris-Orly
94390 Aeroport d'Orly