The order relating to the temporary suspension of the operation of Orly airport from Tuesday was officially signed this Sunday by the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, and published in the Official Journal.
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As part of the state of health emergency relating to the Covid-19 epidemic, “Aéroports de Paris is thus authorized to temporarily suspend the commercial operation of Paris-Orly airport from March 31, 2020 at from 11:30 pm, ”said a press release from the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition. "During this period, Paris-Orly airport will remain permanently accessible to state aircraft and to emergency medical aid or medical evacuation flights," the text underlines. "This provision also applies to any passenger or freight transport flight necessary to manage the health crisis," added the press release.
Last Wednesday, Aéroports de Paris, which manages Orly airport, announced that it would temporarily stop its activity from March 31, victim of a collapse of more than 90% of air traffic under the effect of border closures related to the spread of coronavirus. No date has been given for the reopening of the airport. The four companies (out of more than a hundred previously) which currently continue to operate flights from Orly will transfer their activities to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, the airport in the north of the capital, from April 1.