Orly-Sud and Orly-Ouest disappear from Monday evening to make way for a new name: Orly 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the run-up to the switch to a single terminal in April, their Group Manager ADP Friday announced.
The two former South and West terminals, dating from 1961 and 1971 respectively, were connected by a 80,000 m2 node building – for an amount of 400 million euros – that will be open to the public on 16 April.
Around 500 billboards at the airport and 120 road signs will be changed during the night from Monday to Tuesday. The names of the Orlyval stops – the automatic shuttle that connects the RER B with the airport – and car parks are adapted to those of the new zones.
The former Orly-West houses departure and arrival zones 1 and 2, the former Orly-Sud zone 4 and the new connecting building zone 3.
The new building with a capacity of 8 million passengers per year "Objective to adapt Orly to the evolution of traffic", said AFP Edward Arkwright, executive director general of the ADP group.
This has been characterized in recent years by the growth of cheap traffic – in 2010 it represented 23% of traffic at South Paris airport against 40% – and the increase in international long-distance traffic (China, New York and DOM-COM, overseas departments and communities).
"The current infrastructure was below par. Today, the single terminal will be much more flexible in terms of traffic evolution in the coming years"according to Mr. Arkwright.
Orly welcomed some 33.1 million passengers in 2018.
The growth in traffic is recorded "In the cap and the Orly cut time", in "Now the number of aircraft movements thanks to devices with more capacity than 10 years ago"says Arkwright.
Traffic at the airport, subject to an entertainment circuit from 11:30 pm to 6:00 am, is limited to 250,000 movements (take-offs and landings) per year.
The Orly Renovation Project will last until 2024 with the following major stages being the renovation of all common areas to the international traffic operations of the former Orly-Sud, the arrival of line 14 to the foot of the node building and the reorganization of road access and road operation at the airport.