Paris-Orly, the airport near Paris

Paris-Orly, located 10 kilometres south of Paris, is France's 2nd largest airport in terms of traffic and welcomed 31.9 million passengers in 2019. Serving 128 destinations in 48 countries, the airport has a large, diversified and constantly expanding direct medium and long-haul air offer, contributing to the attractiveness and international influence of the southern Paris region. A significant proportion of its traffic is handled by low-cost airlines.

Major modernisation work has unified the former South and West terminals, so that today the airport consists of a single large terminal with four check-in areas: Orly 1, Orly 2, Orly 3 and Orly 4

The upgrading of the airport's terminal infrastructures and services, combined with the economic and tourist attractiveness of the southern Paris Region basin, are all assets likely to attract new direct air services that complement those of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, particularly to the main global markets with strong growth potential (Asia, Africa, the Americas).

Home to nearly 28,360 direct jobs, the airport is an integral part of an economic hub with more than 157,400 employees, including the Rungis market of national interest, Sogaris (a semi-public limited company of the Rungis bus station) and the Belle-Epine shopping centre.

  • 31.9 millions
    passengers handled
  • 128destinations
    covered in 48 countries
  • 40%of traffic
    with low-cost airlines
  • 75aircraft parking stands,
    39 of which are in contact with the aircraft
  • 28.360 direct jobs


Paris-Orly, for the passengers and the airlines companies

  • The primary advantages

    Paris-Orly has many strengths that help it to cater for the needs of airlines and passengers. Given its location less than 15 minutes from Paris and its access to dense road networks and public transport links (including the RER B and C, Orlyval, OrlyBus, the Tramway, which offers access to the metro, Cars Air France (coaches) and the Massy TGV train station link, etc.),

    Paris-Orly is particularly attractive for passengers due to its easy access, range of destinations, human scale and proximity to Paris.

    For airlines, Paris-Orly’s main operational strengths are an average taxiing time of less than six minutes, runways that are close to the terminals and a very smooth approach.

  • Point to point traffic

    Paris-Orly airport’s traffic is mainly origin/destination traffic. In 2017, however, connecting passengers accounted for about 6.8% of departing traffic, or more than 1.1 million passengers.

    Over the last seven years, passenger traffic at Paris-Orly has been steadily growing, with record passenger traffic levels since 2013. There has also been a change in structure, with strong growth in European traffic offset by a fall in domestic traffic, particularly because of the cap of 250,000 landing and take-off slots attributable each year, as well as the impact of the TGV high-speed train on domestic flights. The South-Eastern LGV line was commissioned on 1 July 2017. This change has been accompanied by an increase of nearly 22.8% in the number of passengers per aircraft since 2009, with an average of 140 passengers in 2017, versus 114 passengers in 2009. During this period, the size of the modules used at the airport has constantly increased.

  • Airlines and cities 

    The main airlines operating from Paris-Orly airport serve 156 cities. The breakdown is as follows: Air France (32.5% of the traffic), (14.7%), EasyJet (10.4%), Vueling (8.7%) and Aigle Azur (3.8%).ORLY-repartition-compagnies-aeriennes_2017_va

  • 3 runways for a fluid traffic

    There are three runways at Paris-Orly with a scheduling capacity of 72 aircraft movements per hour. Runways 3 and 4 can accommodate A380s. In 2017, there were 229,027 aircraft movements at Paris-Orly airport.

    The airport has 71 aircraft parking stands, 56% of which are contact stands. The 2017 use of contact stands for departure was around 88.6%.

  • A junction building to connect the South Terminal with the West Terminal in 2019

    As an extension of the South and West terminals of Paris-Orly airport, the junction is a new 80,000 m² building intended for the reception of passengers. With this building, Paris-Orly airport adapts to the demand of its customers and offers an efficient journey and a quality of service to the best international standards. Its gradual commissioning is planned as follows:
    - April 2018 (part of the future boarding lounge);
    - April 2019 (all of the new structure);
    - completion in 2020 with the renovation of the adjoining areas of the South and West terminals.

    Find out more Paris-Orly junction building (in French

  • Access to the airport

    The Paris-Orly airport is located at the junction of the A6 and A10 motorways and close to the motorway A 86. It is also served by an RER commuter railway line that links with Orlyval, a dedicated automated metro line.

  • Line 7 of the tramway was commissioned on 16 November 2013 and directly connects the airport and the future “Coeur d’Orly”3 business district to line 7 of the Paris metro. Phase 2 of the project (extension to Juvisy) is currently being studied.

    Several other projects are currently in progress or being studied to improve the airport’s services. The “New Grand Paris” project provides that Paris-Orly will be served by two new links: the extension of line 14 – linking the Paris-Orly airport to the capital, making a connection to Châtelet Station in the centre of Paris possible in 27 minutes in the future or to Saint Denis Pleyel in 40 minutes with an automatic metro and the new line 18 – linking Paris-Orly to the Plateau de Saclay and Versailles, then in the longer term to Nanterre. The airport will then be 30 minutes from Versailles (depending on the French government’s ongoing arbitration).

    The Declarations of Public Utility (DUP) of lines 14 and 18 were obtained in July 2016 and March 2017, respectively. Preparatory work started in 2017. As part of the South interconnection project for high-speed lines, a TGV high-speed train station could also be built by 2030, opening up access to the vast French and European high-speed train network. 

    There are around 14,553 parking spaces at Paris-Orly, 10,829 of which are car parks located close by and directly linked to the terminals.

  • Strategy of the airport

    The investments made at the Paris-Orly airport in 2017 are the continuation of construction work on the connection between the South and West t erminals , the redesign of the international departure process of the South t erminal of Paris-Orly, the extension of the Golf areas and compliance work on the LGN-LJS turn, the extension of H all 1 of the West t erminal and the second phase of renovation of runway 4.

    The 2016-2020 projected investment programme for the regulated scope includes:
    - completion of the “Paris-Orly Nouvel Envol” project, which began during the 2011-2015 ERA;
    - renovation of runway 3.

    In addition, the Paris-Orly airport dedicates significant resources to maintaining its assets and the robustness of its infrastructure and to customer satisfaction and sustainable development operations.
  • Regulatory constraints

    The traffic at Paris-Orly airport is subject to two regulatory constraints :

    Daily curfew from 23:30 to 6:00
    Limited to 250,000 per year for take-off and landing (Order of 6 October 1994 by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Tourism). In 2014, the number of aircraft movements totalled 229,007, down 2.3% compared to 2016.