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Orly airport lands €700 million upgrade

Orly airport, the second hub in France, is set for a revamp costing up to €700 million ($900 billion) linking its two terminals with a new building to handle Airbus A380 super jumbo jets, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Orly airport lands €700 million upgrade
Photo: Muhammad Ector Prasetyo

Paris airport manager ADP has sent out invitations for an October 17th presentation that promises a single terminal by 2018, which the La Tribune online newspaper said would be achieved by the construction of a new building between the current terminals.

The new facility would be able to handle Airbus' A380 super jumbo, and be connected to Paris via a metro line and also include a station for France's high-speed rail network.

Orly, which serves primarily destinations to southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, has not had so much investment as Paris' top Charles de Gaulle airport in recent years.

The expansion would allow Orly to handle up to 40 million passengers per year from 27 million currently, mostly by increasing plane size rather than increasing the number of flights, the newspaper said on its website.

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French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway

A major programme of renovation work has been ongoing at Lille-Lesquin airport, but now airport bosses say that the terminal will have to close completely for a short period.

French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway
Photo: AFP

The works have been going on at the north east France airport since November 2018, but now airport bosses say they have no choice but to close completely for two days in August to allow works to be done on the main runway.

There will therefore be no flights taking off or landing at Lille between 11pm on Monday, August 5th and 2pm on Wednesday, August 7th.

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Flights for those days are being diverted to either Ostend in Belgium or Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The airport operators are offering free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from the diverted airport, but at 223km to Paris or 72km to Ostend, that will add significantly to journey times for flights.

For example anyone booked on the 6am flight to Varna, Bulgaria, will have to depart from Lille airport in the shuttle bus at 00.30 in order to get to Paris CDG in time to catch their flight.

Lille airport bosses apologised in advance to passengers for the disruption, but said that August was the most appropriate month to carry out the closures.

For a full list of the flights affected, and the timetable of the shuttle bus alternative, click here.

The site warns that some details are subject to change, so we would suggest that people check again nearer to their flight date.

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