Paris-Orly Airport (French L’aéroport de Paris-Orly) is an airport in Ile-de-France (France), located only 14 kilometers south of Paris on a 15.3 km² site in the communes of Orly and Villeneuve-le-Roi.
In the 1950s, Orly replaced Le Bourget Airport from the position of the main airport of Paris and was simply called Paris Airport (Aéroport de Paris), but the name Orly was already attached to it, and after the opening of another Roissy airport – Charles de Gaulle, the name Orly became the most used.
In 2002, 207,000 takeoffs and landings were recorded. Orly serves mainly domestic flights in France. From Orly airport it is convenient to get to Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Biaritz (Air France, EasyJet and other airlines)
Aeroflot planes flew here from Russia (more precisely, almost a Russian government company under the Aeroflot brand).
A Brief History of Paris-Orly Airport
1932 Opening of Villeneuve-Orly Airport in the southern suburbs of Paris
1940-1945 Orly was occupied by the German Luftwaffe
1946 US military handed over Orly to French authorities, airport reopened
1948 Passenger turnover was 215,000
1952 Air France occupies the North Terminal with 6 gates and 50 parking spaces
1954 KDP Orly Sever begins work
1956 Construction begins on Orly South
1961 Orly South opens
1966 Opening of a new mission control center
1971 Orly West opens
1991 Opening of a dedicated RER “Orly val” line between the terminals and line B
Orly airport and the history of the USSR
Most of the most interesting stories related to Russian history are still classified. According to some reports, it was from this airfield that employees of the Red Army Intelligence Agency (the modern GRU General Staff) hijacked a dozen and a half new aircraft to help the Republicans in Spain. Most likely, it was from here that the failed Soviet agent General Skoblin was airlifted in 1937, also in Spain. The same airport was to be used for the arrival of Soviet official delegations immediately after the Second World War.
In 1980, during the Olympics in the USSR, restaurants with Russian cuisine worked at the airport.
Practical tourist information.
The airport occupies a large area, there are several terminals. You can get there by tram from the metro station or by RER with an internal mini-train.