25mn euros for Paris-Orly upgrade

Aéroports de Paris has invested 25 million euros to revamp the international passengers’ circuit of South Terminal at Paris-Orly airport.These upgradings will increase by 10% the terminal handling capacity which should, eventually, reach 12 million passengers. With 25.5 million passengers in 2006, Paris-Orly airport is the 2nd French airport and the 10th in Europe. The South Terminal handled more than 9.5 million passengers in 2006, including 70% international and French Overseas Department passengers.

“For summer departures, we offer our international passengers departing from South Terminal a series of new developments to make their airport experience easier: a single space regrouping all the departures checks, a very large boarding concourse of 7,000 sqm, a new business lounge. And for arriving passengers, a large baggage delivery area of 5,600 sqm. In a few months we will unveil the new service and duty-free area which will triple the surface “, states Patrice Hardel, Managing Director Paris-Orly airport.

A single central area for security checks

Thanks to these upgradings, the international area of Orly South Terminal benefits today from 14 security checkpoints regrouped right after passport control.

Thanks to the new organization, 1800 to 2000 passengers per hour can go through security checks, instead of 1500 before.


The largest boarding concourse at Paris-Orly airport

Once they go through security checks, passengers walk into the largest boarding concourse of Paris-Orly airport, a single area of 7,000 sqm, more spacious and more ergonomic, where, by May 2008, Aéroports de Paris will gradually fit out the area with a number of services and Duty-Free boutiques covering more than 2,200 sqm (against 880 sqm today).

A new lounge dedicated to business passengers

Entirely revamped, the Icare lounge offers access, to business passengers of more than ten airlines, to 67 seats over 260 sqm, in a muffled atmosphere with VIP reception. A work area offers three wifi-equipped computers while flat information screens display flight times.

Arriving passengers will also benefit from a simplified circuit. From now on, passport control will take place on the ground floor.

A new baggage claim area

Travellers can pick up their luggage faster in a new delivery area of 5,600 sqm, twice the size of the previous area. Equipped with two large 80-meter carousels, this area allows jumbo jets passengers to pick up their luggage faster. Information about baggage delivery times is displayed on screens.

All these developments confirm the international position of Paris-Orly airport and reinforce its strengths: proximity to Paris, user-friendliness of airport facilities and reduced distance between the runways and the terminals.

Aéroports de Paris builds, develops and manages airports including Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget. Aéroports de Paris is the 2nd European airport group in terms of airport turnover and the 1st European airport group in terms of cargo and mail. Aéroports de Paris accommodates nearly 460 airlines, mainly the major actors of air transport.

Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location and a major trading area, the group’s strategy is to modernize its terminal facilities and to upgrade its quality of service. It also intends to develop its retail and real estate business. In 2006, Aéroports de Paris Group had a turnover of 2,076.8 million euros, and a net result of 152.1 million euros. Aéroports de Paris handled 82.5 million passengers in 2006.