Air France Announces Gradual Withdrawal from Paris Orly Airport

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Air France is planning a gradual withdrawal from Paris Orly Airport.

By the summer of 2026, all flights will operate out of Charles de Gaulle Airport, with increased flight frequencies to Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, and Saint-Denis de la Réunion. This move aims to strengthen the connection between France’s regional cities and overseas territories. The only exception will be routes to Corsica, which will adhere to Public Service Obligation (PSO) guidelines.

The emergence of video conferencing, a decline in domestic business travel, and a shift to rail transport have reduced demand for point-to-point domestic networks. Orly-based domestic flights have seen a 40% decline, and day-trip round-trips have decreased by 60%.

Transavia Airlines, a group affiliate, will continue to operate out of Orly and is expected to introduce routes to Toulouse, Marseille, and Nice starting in the summer of 2026.

As a result, the group anticipates maintaining 90% of the current route capacity between Paris and Toulouse, Marseille, and Nice, and 100% between Paris and France’s overseas territories.

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