Orly Airport

For the World War I and NATO military use of this facility, see Orly Air Base.
Paris Orly Airport
Aéroport de Paris-Orly
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

Location of airport in Île-de-France region

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 (2015)
Passengers 29,664,993
Cargo 115 440
Aircraft movements 234 152
Source: French AIP,[1] French AIP at EUROCONTROL,[2] Statistics[3]

Paris Orly Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Orly) (IATA: ORY, ICAO: 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 and features flights 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 29,664,993 passengers in 2015.[3]


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.


Main article: Orly Air Base

First years

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.

World War II

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.

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]


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.

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).


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

Terminal South
Interior of Terminal South
Terminal South

Terminal Sud (South Terminal)

The brick-style 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]

Interior of Terminal West

Terminal Ouest (West Terminal)

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

Aigle Azur Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Bamako, Béjaïa, Biskra, Conakry, Constantine, Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Oran, Porto, Sétif, Tlemcen South
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Biskra, Constantine, Oran, Tamanrasset, Tlemcen South
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel South
Air Caraïbes Cayenne, Havana (begins 16 December 2016),[16] Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Martin, Port-au-Prince, Santiago de Cuba (begins 20 December 2016),[17] Santo Domingo-Las Americas South
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari West
Air Europa Madrid, Palma de Mallorca West
Air France Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Cayenne, Figari, Fort-de-France, Marseille, Montpellier, New York-JFK, Nice, Pau, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Toulon, Toulouse West
Air France
operated by HOP!
Basel/Mulhouse, Biarritz, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Lorient, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Pau, Perpignan, Quimper West
Air Malta Malta West
Alitalia Milan-Linate West
British Airways London-Heathrow West
CityJet London-City (ends 25 March 2017)[18] West
Corsair International Antananarivo, Dakar, Dzaoudzi, Fort-de-France, Mauritius, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Abidjan, Havana (begins 4 May 2017), Varadero (begins 1 May 2017)
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Santiago de Cuba South
Eastern Airways Rodez South
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Faro, Geneva, Hamburg, Milan-Linate, Naples, Nice, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice
Seasonal: Athens, Brindisi, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Rhodes, Split
easyJet Switzerland Geneva West
Flybe Southampton West
French Blue Punta Cana, Saint-Denis de la Réunion (begins 16 June 2017),[19] San Salvador (Bahamas), Santo Domingo-Las Americas South
Hex'Air Le Puy South
HOP! Agen, Aurillac, Brive, Calvi, Castres, Figari, Lannion, Newcastle Upon Tyne (begins 1 June 2017), Lourdes/Tarbes West
Iberia Madrid, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Tenerife-North
Icelandair Reykjavík-Keflavík West
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini South
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen
OpenSkies New York-JFK, Newark West
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen South
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier
Seasonal: Nador
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Porto West
Transavia Amsterdam South
Transavia France Amsterdam, Agadir, Athens, Barcelona, Bodrum, Budapest, Casablanca, Djerba, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Essaouira, Faro, Ibiza, Lisbon, London-Luton, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Marrakech, Monastir, Munich, Naples, Oujda, Porto, Prague, Seville, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tunis, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna,
Seasonal: Boa Vista, Chania, Corfu, Fes, Heraklion, Funchal, Mykonos, Palermo, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Sal, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Volos, Zadar
Charter: Antalya, Burgas, Comiso, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ivalo, Lanzarote, Tangier, Tenerife-South, Varna
TUIfly Belgium Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier South
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis South
Twin Jet Limoges, Périgueux West
Vueling Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Birmingham (begins 26 March 2017), Catania, Edinburgh, Florence, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Palermo, Porto, Rome-Fiumicino, Tenerife-South, Valencia
Seasonal: Cardiff (begins 27 March 2017), Ibiza, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-North

Other facilities

AOM French Airlines had its head office in Orly Airport Building 363 in Paray-Vieille-Poste.[20][21][22] After AOM and Air Liberté merged in 2001,[23] the new airline, Air Lib, occupied building 363.[24]

Ground transportation



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

Buses and coaches

Accidents and incidents

See also



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  3. 1 2 "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." Chilly-Mazarin. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  7. "Plan." Morangis. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
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  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. 1 2 3 "Terminal maps". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  14. [Google Maps]
  15. [Google Maps]
  16. http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/267620/air-caraibes-adds-cuba-flights-from-dec-2016/
  17. http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/267620/air-caraibes-adds-cuba-flights-from-dec-2016/
  18. https://www.cityjet.com/book/schedule/
  19. http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/269222/french-blue-opens-reunion-service-from-june-2017/
  20. "World Airline Directory 1999." Flight International. 2000. 363.
  21. "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"
  22. "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."
  23. "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."
  24. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 12–18 March 2002. 57.
  25. "F-BATH Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  26. "Accident description PP-VJZ". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.


External links

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

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