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Paris Orly Airport
Aéroport de Paris-Orly
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Orly airport - Paris, August 26, 2007.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Aéroports de Paris
Serves Paris, France
Location Essonne and the Val-de-Marne
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 291 ft / 89 m
Coordinates 48°43′24″N 02°22′46″E / 48.72333°N 2.37944°E / 48.72333; 2.37944Coordinates: 48°43′24″N 02°22′46″E / 48.72333°N 2.37944°E / 48.72333; 2.37944
Website aeroportsdeparis.fr
Map
LFPO is located in Île-de-France (region)
LFPO
LFPO
Location of airport in Île-de-France region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,400 7,874 Concrete
06/24 3,650 11,975 Bituminous concrete
08/26 3,320 10,892 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 31,237,865
Cargo 115 440
Aircraft movements 234,453
Source: French AIP,[1] French AIP at EUROCONTROL,[2] Statistics[3]

Paris Orly Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Orly) (IATA: ORYICAO: LFPO) is an international airport located partially in Orly and partially in Villeneuve-le-Roi, 7 NM (13 km; 8.1 mi) south[2] of Paris, France. It serves as a secondary hub for domestic and overseas territories flights of Air France and as the homebase for Transavia France. Flights operate to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Southeast Asia. Prior to the construction of Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly was the main airport of Paris. Even with the shift of most international traffic to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly remains the busiest French airport for domestic traffic and the second busiest French airport overall in passenger traffic, with 31,237,865 passengers in 2016.[3]

Location[edit]

Orly Airport covers 15.3 square kilometres (5.9 sq mi) of land. The airport area, including terminals and runways, spans over two départements and seven communes:

Management of the airport, however, is solely under the authority of Aéroports de Paris, which also manages Charles de Gaulle Airport, Le Bourget Airport, and several smaller airports in the suburbs of Paris.

History[edit]

First years[edit]

Originally known as Villeneuve-Orly Airport, the facility was opened in the southern suburbs of Paris in 1932 as a secondary airport to Le Bourget. Before this two huge airship hangars had been built there by the engineer Eugène Freyssinet from 1923 on.[citation needed]

World War II[edit]

As a result of the Battle of France in 1940, Orly Airport was used by the occupying German Luftwaffe as a combat airfield, stationing various fighter and bomber units at the airport throughout the occupation.[10] As a result, Orly was repeatedly attacked by the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), destroying much of its infrastructure, and leaving its runways with numerous bomb craters to limit its usefulness by the Germans.[citation needed]

After the Battle of Normandy and the retreat of German forces from the Paris area in August 1944, Orly was partially repaired by USAAF combat engineers and was used by Ninth Air Force as tactical airfield A-47. The 50th Fighter Group flew P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber aircraft from the airport until September, then liaison squadrons used the airfield until October 1945.[11]

Post-war[edit]

The USAAF diagram from March 1947 shows the 6140-foot 27/207 (degrees magnetic) runway (later 03R) with 5170-foot 81/261 runway (later 08L) crossing it at its north end. The November 1953 Aeradio diagram shows four concrete runways, all 197 feet wide: 03L 7874 ft, 03R 6069 ft, 08L 5118 ft and 08R 6627 ft.[citation needed]

The American United States Army Air Forces 1408th Army Air Force Base Unit was the primary operator at Orly Field until March 1947 when control was returned to the French Government. (The United States Air Force leased a small portion of the Airport to support Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at Rocquencourt). The Americans left in 1967 as a result of France's withdrawal from NATO's integrated military command, and all non-French NATO forces were asked to leave France.[12]

In May 1958 Pan Am DC-7Cs flew to Los Angeles in 21 hr 56 min; TWA, Air France and Pan Am flew nonstop to New York in 14 hrs 10-15 min. Air France flew to Tokyo in 31 hr 5 min via Anchorage or 44 hr 45 min on a seven-stop 1049G via India. Air France's ten flights a day to London were almost all Viscounts; the only other London flight was Alitalia's daily DC-6B (BEA was at Le Bourget).[citation needed]

Terminals[edit]

Paris-Orly Airport features two separate passenger terminal buildings, Terminal Sud (South Terminal) and Terminal Ouest (West Terminal):[13]

Terminal Sud (South Terminal)[edit]

The innovative 1961 steel-and-glass southern terminal building consists of six floors. While the smaller basement level -1 as well as the upper levels 2, 3 and 4 contain only some service facilities, restaurants and office space, level 0 features the arrivals facilities as well as several shops and service counters. The airside area and departure gates are located on the upper level 1. The waiting area, which features several shops as well, houses gates A1-A10 and A40-A42 and is furthermore connected to the gate areas Hall A (gates A11-A27) and Hall B (gates B2-B20) to each side of the building.[13] 15 of the terminal's departure gates are equipped with jet-bridges, some of them are able to handle wide-body aircraft.[14]

Terminal Ouest (West Terminal)[edit]

The western terminal has a different layout than Terminal Sud, consisting of two floors and a gate area of four "fingers" rather than a brick-style layout. The ground level 0 features the arrivals facilities including 8 baggage reclaim belts as well as several service facilities and shops. The departures area is located on level 1 with more stores and restaurants located here. This central departures area is connected to four gate areas named halls 1-4 which contain departure gates 10A-10P, 20A-20L, 31A-31F and 40A-40G respectively.[13] 23 stands at this terminal are equipped with jet-bridges, with several of them also able to handle wide-body aircraft.[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Moscow–Vnukovo
Aigle Azur Algiers, Annaba, Bamako, Beirut, Béjaïa, Berlin–Tegel,[16] Conakry, Constantine, Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Moscow–Domodedovo,[16] Oran, Porto, Sétif, Tlemcen
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Tlemcen
Air Caraïbes Cayenne, Havana, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Martin, Port-au-Prince, Santiago de Cuba, Santo Domingo-Las Americas
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari
Air Europa Madrid, Palma de Mallorca
Air France Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Cayenne, Figari, Fort-de-France, Marseille, Montpellier, New York–JFK, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint–Denis de la Réunion, Toulon, Toulouse
Air France
operated by HOP!
Biarritz, Brest, Clermont–Ferrand, Lorient, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Pau, Perpignan, Quimper
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Milan–Linate
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Milan–Linate
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
London–City
Corsair International Antananarivo, Dakar, Dzaoudzi, Fort-de-France, Havana, Mauritius, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint–Denis de la Réunion, Varadero
Seasonal: Abidjan, Montréal–Trudeau
Corendon Airlines Europe Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion (begins 8 January 2018)[17][18]
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Santiago de Cuba
easyJet Berlin–Schönefeld, Faro, Geneva, Milan–Linate, Naples, Nice, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Athens, Brindisi, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Rhodes, Split
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Flybe
operated by Eastern Airways
Rodez[19]
French Papeete (begins 11 May 2018),[20] Saint–Denis de la Réunion, San Francisco (begins 11 May 2018)[20]
HOP! Agen, Aurillac, Brive, Calvi, Castres, Figari, Lannion, Lourdes/Tarbes
Iberia Madrid, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Tenerife–North
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini (ends 26 March 2018)[21]
Level
operated by OpenSkies
Fort-de-France (begins 4 September 2018), Montréal–Trudeau (begins 2 July 2018), Newark (begins 4 September 2018), Pointe-à-Pitre (begins 3 July 2018)[22]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air International
Helsinki
OpenSkies New York–JFK, Newark
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier
Seasonal: Nador
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Alicante (begins 15 April 2018),[23] Amsterdam, Agadir, Athens, Barcelona, Beirut, Budapest, Casablanca, Djerba, Dublin, Edinburgh, Essaouira, Eilat, Faro, Ibiza, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Marrakech, Monastir, Naples, Oujda, Porto, Prague, Seville, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tunis, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna
Seasonal: Boa Vista (Cape Verde), Chania, Corfu, Dakhla,[24] Dubrovnik, Fes, Heraklion, Funchal, Mykonos, Palermo, Santorini, Split, Tangier,[25] Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tivat, Zadar
Charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Burgas, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Ivalo, Podgorica, Rhodes, Tenerife–South, Varna, Volos
TUI fly Belgium Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Twin Jet Le Puy, Limoges, Périgueux
Vueling Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Birmingham (ends 1 January 2018), Catania, Copenhagen,[26] Florence, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Palermo, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Tenerife–South, Valencia
Seasonal: Cardiff, Ibiza, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–North

Other facilities[edit]

AOM French Airlines had its head office in Orly Airport Building 363 in Paray-Vieille-Poste.[27][28][29] After AOM and Air Liberté merged in 2001,[30] the new airline, Air Lib, occupied building 363.[31]

Ground transportation[edit]

Terminal South
Terminal South
Interior of Terminal South
Interior of Terminal West

Train[edit]

Car[edit]

Orly Airport is connected to the A106 autoroute (spur route of the A6 autoroute).

Buses and coaches[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 10 February 1948, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BATH of Air France was damaged beyond economical repair at Orly Airport.[32]
  • On 3 June 1962, Air France Flight 007, a chartered Boeing 707 named the Chateau de Sully bound for Atlanta, U.S., crashed on take-off with 132 people on board; 130 of them were killed. The only survivors were two stewardesses seated in the rear of the plane. The charter flight was carrying home Atlanta's civic and cultural leaders of the day. At the time, this was the highest recorded death toll for an incident involving a single aircraft.
  • On 13 October 1972, Aeroflot Flight 217, an Ilyushin Il-62, departed from Orly for Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) on its way to Moscow. The flight inexplicably crashed on approach to its destination, killing all 174 people on board.
  • On 11 July 1973, Varig Flight 820, a Boeing 707, made a forced landing due to fire in a rear lavatory, incoming from Rio de Janeiro–Galeão. The aircraft landed 5 kilometers short of the runway, in a full-flap and gear down configuration. Due mainly to smoke inhalation, there were 123 deaths whilst 11 people survived (10 crew, 1 passenger).[33][34]
  • On 3 March 1974, Turkish Airlines Flight 981, in an event known as the "Ermenonville air disaster", crashed in Ermenonville forest after take-off from Orly on a flight to London's Heathrow Airport when an improperly closed cargo door burst open. The explosive decompression that resulted brought down the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. All 346 people on board were killed, making the accident one of the deadliest in aviation history.
  • On 13 January 1975, several men, including Ilich Ramírez Sánchez AKA Carlos the Jackal, made an unsuccessful rocket-propelled grenade attack on an El Al Boeing 707 which was taking off for New York City with 136 passengers. They missed the aircraft, but damaged a JAT McDonnell Douglas DC-9 which had just disembarked passengers from Zagreb. The men tried again on 19 January, again without success when police spotted the terrorists and opened fire with a submachine gun.[citation needed]
  • On 20 May 1978, three terrorists opened fire on El Al passengers in the departure lounge. All three terrorists were killed, along with one policeman, and three French tourists were also injured.[35]
  • On 15 July 1983, the Armenian underground organisation ASALA bombed a Turkish airline counter in the airport, killing eight people and wounding over 50. The ASALA member Varoujan Garabedian was sentenced to life imprisonment for perpetrating the bombing.
  • On 18 March 2017, a man was killed by soldiers patrolling the airport under Opération Sentinelle after he attempted to seize a female soldier's gun. He had also shot and injured a female police officer earlier on.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ LFPO – PARIS ORLY. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Aéroport de Paris – Orly". Les Aéroports Français, Statistiques annuelles (in French). Paris: Union des aéroports Français. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Plan de Wissous." Wissous. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Plans, cartes et vue aérienne." Athis-Mons. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Plan interactif Archived 2007-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.." Chilly-Mazarin. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Plan Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine.." Morangis. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Plan de la ville Archived 2009-06-29 at the Wayback Machine.." Villeneuve-le-Roi. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Plan d'Orly Archived 2008-11-18 at the Wayback Machine.." Orly. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  10. ^ "The Luftwaffe, 1933-45". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  12. ^ McAuliffe, Jerome J. (2005). US Air Force in France 1950–1967. San Diego, California: Milspec Press, Chapter 14, Paris-USAF Operations. ISBN 978-0-9770371-1-7.
  13. ^ a b c "Terminal maps". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  14. ^ [Google Maps]
  15. ^ [Google Maps]
  16. ^ a b Liu, Jim (28 September 2017). "Aigle Azur adds new Paris routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  17. ^ http://www.tnet.org.il/sitefiles/1/2444/107077.asp
  18. ^ http://www.iaa.gov.il/he-IL/airports/BenGurion/Pages/OnlineFlights.aspx
  19. ^ Eastern Airways Flights to operate under Flybe brand
  20. ^ a b "May launch for French Blue's Tahiti flights". Radio New Zealand News. Radio New Zealand. 13 November 2017. 
  21. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275674/iran-air-plans-paris-cdg-launch-in-s18/
  22. ^ http://www.elmundo.es/economia/2017/11/28/5a1d2d14e5fdea6c058b45ce.html/
  23. ^ "Transavia ouvrira Rabat et Alicante et ne craint pas Joon" (Press release). 27 September 2017. 
  24. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272508/transavia-france-plans-dakhla-oct-2017-launch/
  25. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270735/transavia-france-adds-new-paris-routes-in-s17/
  26. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/273446/vueling-paris-copenhagen-service-changes-in-w17/
  27. ^ "World Airline Directory 1999." Flight International. 2000. 363.
  28. ^ "Nos coordonnées agences en "France Métropolitaine "." AOM French Airlines. Retrieved on 15 May 2010. "SIEGE Bâtiment 363 B.P. 854 94 551 ORLY AEROGARE CEDEX"
  29. ^ "Résultat de votre recherche." Le Journal officiel électronique authentifié. Retrieved on 15 May 2010. "Siège social : compagnie Air Lib, bâtiment 363, zone centrale à l’aéroport d’Orly, 91550 Paray-Vieille-Poste."
  30. ^ "Découvrir Air Liberté." Air Liberté. 23 February 2002. Retrieved on 15 May 2010. "Le 22 Septembre 2001, AOM et AIR LIBERTE ont donné naissance à une nouvelle compagnie aérienne qui porte désormais le nom AIR LIB."
  31. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 12–18 March 2002. 57.
  32. ^ "F-BATH Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  33. ^ "Accident description PP-VJZ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  34. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "No céu de Paris". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 285–290. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2. 
  35. ^ Lewis, Flora (May 21, 1978). "3 TERRORISTS KILLED IN ATTACK IN PARIS ON EL AL PASSENGERS; 3 French Tourists Bound for Israel Are Injured and One Policeman Is Killed in 25-Minute Fight". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  36. ^ "Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier's gun". BBC News. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • McAuliffe, Jerome J.: U.S. Air Force in France 1950–1967 (2005), Chapter 14, "Paris-USAF Operations".

External links[edit]

Media related to Paris-Orly Airport at Wikimedia Commons
Paris Orly Airport travel guide from Wikivoyage