6:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. This is the time when the Air France flight to Madrid took off from Orly airport. The last before the closure of the airport located in the southern suburbs of Paris. The coronavirus crisis led ADP, which manages Orly, to take the absolutely extraordinary decision to close the entire site to commercial flights. A first.
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This decision is a logical outcome, given the collapse of air traffic in recent weeks. In ordinary times, 2,000 planes take off or land at Orly every day. During the last weekend, only twenty flights were recorded. Keeping the airport terminals open costs money. "Given the collapse of traffic, closing Orly represents savings for ADP but also for the airlines that are registered there," said ADP CEO Augustin de Romanet, who is still treating the last symptoms of the coronavirus. Before the effective shutdown on Tuesday, four airlines were insuring
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