By 2018 Aéroports de Paris will invest 400 to 450 million euros to improve passengers experience at Orly Airport, France second biggest airport after Roissy Charles de Gaulle. The airport will undergo a huge renovation and over 100 000 m2 of new surfaces will be added in the next 6 years to finally modernize the Parisian airport, improve services quality and fit modern European standards.
The changes to come in a few bullet points:
Construction works of new boarding aeras for international flights will start in 2013 at the eastern end of Orly Sud Terminal. It is due to open in 2015. Additionnal checkpoints, larger luggage delivery areas and improved services will result in a better flow.
Outside of the airport, the creation of a "drop-off" zone in the Orly Ouest Terminal, the enlargment of the South Terminal square by 11 meters and the reorganization of parking areas should improve the flow of vehicles and passengers. These works should also start in 2013.
But the main point of this complete restructuring is the creation of a unique building joining Orly Sud and Orly Ouest terminals. Construction works are due to start in 2015 and be over by 2018. This 80,000 m2 large new terminal will replace the present two terminals and 3 new large check-in areas will replace the présent six.
Going through Orly airport should be vastly improved. Back in the 60s this airport was a symbol of France modernity but it got old quite badly ever since. These new spaces and announced improvements should help the airport get a second wind. More than 27 million passengers have traveled through Orly Airport in 2011.
This is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French