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Like many large cities around the globe, the city of Paris and its metropolitan area are served by multiple airports. In the French capital, the primary 2 airports are Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), with the latter being located closer to the city center.
The French flag carrier, Air France, operates from both airports, with CDG serving as the airline’s global hub and most of Air France’s service in and out of the capital. However, Air France maintains a decent presence at the more convenient Orly airport, primarily serving domestic destinations and a handful of international routes to French overseas territories and cities in North Africa.
However, as reported by One Mile at a Time, Air France has just shared plans to cease operations entirely from Orly Airport (with the exception of a single route) in 2026.
Here’s what you need to know about this upcoming change.
Air France Leaving Orly Airport in 2026
It seems that the primary reason behind this decision is Air France’s desire to bring all of its operations under 1 roof at its primary hub at Charles de Gaulle. The French government recently signed a law banning air travel between cities accessibl by train in 4 hours or fewer, making the carrier’s operation from Orly even more complicated.
When the move happens, Air France says it will maintain service to its overseas territories, though they’ll be served from CDG instead of ORY. In addition, the airline said it will maintain 90% of the capacity it currently has on flights between Paris and Marseille (MRS), Nice (NCE), and Toulouse (TLS). And, per French law, the airline must continue its service between Orly and Corsica (FSC).
While Air France will be leaving Orly behind, its low-cost subsidiary Transavia will still operate from the airport and is likely to grow by taking over some of the routes Air France will leave behind. As OMAAT notes, this plan is subject to approval by employee groups, and Air France says that no jobs will be cut as any Air France employee at Orly will be offered a position at Charles de Gaulle.Hot Tip:
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Air France will soon consolidate all of its operations into its hub at Charles de Gaulle, leaving Orly Airport behind. However, The Air France-KLM Group will still have a presence at the airport in the form of its low-cost subsidiary Transavia.
If all goes according to plan, Air France will no longer host flights to or from Orly from 2026.
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