Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
Flights have resumed at France’s second-busiest airport after tens of thousands of airline passengers were grounded following an attack on the army patrol that ended with the death of the lone perpetrator.
The shooting at Orly airport has triggered travel chaos and the airport authorities had warned the passengers by warning them to not come to the airport.
Orly airport, after Paris Charles-de-Gaulle is the second busiest airport in France. It has an extensive network of domestic flights, as well as no-frills European services and a wide range of long-haul leisure routes.
The airport went into lockdown immediately after the terror incident at about 8.30 am local time. Passengers on aircraft that had just arrived were obliged to remain on board while a security sweeo took place.
Departing passengers who had checked in luggage but whose flights were among the hundreds cancelled were obliged to wait for hours to reclaim their bags.
A flight tracking website recorded that, after an incident of shooting at Paris Orly Airport, flights are diverted to Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Dozens of flights connect the UK with Orly airport, including BA from Heathrow, Transavia from Luton and Edinburgh, Vueling from Luton and Flybe from Southampton.
With no further arrivals permitted at Orly, dozens of flights were diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport – adding pressure to the facilities at France’s busiest airport.
Flights from Orly resumed shortly before 3pm local time. One of the first departures was British Airways flight 333 to Heathrow. It had been due to leave at 10.30am but finally took off after 3pm. Another pair of BA flights were cancelled altogether.
To complicate the situation, Air France cabin crew have just begun a three-day strike. The airline aims to operate all its long-haul flights during the dispute, as well as 90 per cent of medium-haul services and 85 per cent of domestic flights.