Paris Orly airport to reopen after three-month shutdown

Paris Orly airport to reopen after three-month shutdown

ISLAMABAD-Paris,Orly airport south of Paris is to reopen Friday after shutting down on March 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic, but with just a fraction of its normal flights.

A plane to Porto, Portugal is scheduled to take off at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), and around 25 destinations are to be served via 70 takeoffs and landings, compared with 600 a day before the virus crisis grounded aircraft worldwide.

Airlines including Air France, Transavia, easyJet, Vueling and Air Caraībes account for most of the traffic at Orly, flying to the Caribbean, Reunion Island, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Iceland and Croatia, among others.

 On Friday, officials expect around 8,000 passengers to pass through Orly's four terminals, less than 10 percent of the daily average of around 90,000.

Increased traffic in July will depend on whether Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia reopen their borders.

"We are facing an extremely brutal and long crisis, and we are bracing for a resumption that will be somewhat long, if not extremely long," Alain Battisti, head of France's national federation of commercial aviation (Fnam) said Tuesday.