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Paris Orly Airport
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PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  28 July 2014 by K Wisniewska    (UK)

Rating : 4/10

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I found this airport really annoying and without sense. I travel a lot and I have never seen a VIP lounge situated before security. The whole point of the lounge is to go through all formalities and wait for flight in relaxing atmosphere until boarding time. But no, here you have to leave the lounge super early in case there is a queue for the security. Plus if your flight is delayed you wouldn't be able to come back.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  25 September 2013 by S Symon    (France)

Rating : 9/10

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Have used this airport three times in the past month. I can't speak for the South terminal but the West terminal is very nice and the staff were much friendlier than their counterparts at CDG. My only complaint is how expensive it is to use Orlyval. I'll try to use the bus in the future.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  18 September 2013 by T Whelan    (France)

Rating : 8/10

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I may have been lucky here (and I speak some French) but I've always found the attitude of the staff at Orly to be very pleasant and friendly, in total contrast to the rude and gloomy staff at CDG. Orly is small enough to get around easily, the layout is simple enough and I've never had trouble getting a seat in departures. The check-ins can be quite nasty though, and that needs work. I make an effort to try and fly from and to here rather than CDG. As someone remarked on here previously, it's a bit quirky, but I like that about it.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  6 July 2013 by L Pulliam    (USA)

Rating : 8/10

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Anything but the madness of CDG makes Orly a breeze to deal with. Yes it is a bit quirky but maybe we were just lucky. Mid week, mid morning so it was not all that busy. We had our questions answered about what to do and where to go to check in as the signage is not very clear. Once we checked our bags, made it through security and found our gate it was all fine. Orly is not a modern airport and definitely has a 1970's feel about it, but the bottom line was that it worked for us. Bought a few drinks while waiting and enjoyed some relaxing time before our flight. I could see where it could get crowded with more flights coming our going than what we experienced but it worked very well for us.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  10 June 2013 by S Simpson    (USA)

Rating : 0/10

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I came here and missed my flight - which was my own fault - but the staff were extremely unhelpful, had a poor grasp of English, and generally made my panic worse. The airport itself is confusing, I wasn't sure where to find my airline's representative, and checking luggage was a nightmare. The food options seem to be Starbucks and a French bakery, although that could just be the terminal I was in. I ended up booking another flight from CDG, and taking a taxi from Orly to there. Basically, if you have the choice to go here or CDG, I would suggest CDG hands down.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  4 March 2013 by A Calder    (UK)

Rating : 0/10

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Departed from this airport today. The level of amenities on the public side of the airport was good, however this was in stark contrast to what was available air-side, where there wasn't even enough seats for passengers in the lounge area. This would not be a good airport to be in if there were significant flight delays or cancellations. The airport's layout is haphazard and insufficient signage made finding the online check-in confirmation difficult. Staff were unhelpful and rude, and the queue waiting time for passport control was one of the longest I have experienced. There were two queues and two desks open for passport control. Often delays were created because security clearance was taking place directly behind leading to bottlenecks and people waited to pass from one stage to the next. It was clear it was the result of very poor layout which could be quite easily addressed if the design was modernised. Prior to the flight the boarding gate was changed by way of an announcement, however the electronic boards were not updated. Similarly the boards were not updated to say the flight was boarding. As a result of all of these factors the flight was delayed, and the cabin crew very forced to apologise to staff for the airports inefficiencies. In future I will not be flying from this airport again, it lacks the efficiency to process passengers effectively.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  19 December 2012 by J Truman    (UK)

Rating : 0/10

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Lovely quaint little airport a little muddled by the checking in system. However, the club lounge is run by staff full of their own self importance. My husband and I are both members of the Priority Pass and were refused admittance to this lounge even though Orly is on the Priority Pass list of included lounges. What is the point of having a private Lounge if the staff running it do not know their job.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  10 August 2012 by B Hansen    (Denmark)

Rating : 1/10

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Orly Airport is of the 1980's. If you only have hand luggage, then you are forced to stand in line at the normal check-in, as there are no self-check-ins. The queues are long. Managers need to update their airport. Take a look at Copenhagen Airport for inspiration.



PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review :  23 January 2012 by G Orlandini    (Italy)

Rating : 2/10

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Close to Paris, but is a lousy airport. I spent two hours there on a Shenghen area flight and there is no restaurant inside the departure lounges (and no sign outside indicating this), but only two bars serving poor food and drinks at extortionate prices - €3.95 for a litre bottle of water is a joke, as is €5.50 for a sandwich. Bring your own food, drink from the public fountain, sit tight and wait. The staff managing boarding procedures were very impolite, spoke to everyone in French and generally were pretty useless and arrogant, but it might have been a bad day.



Paris Orly Airport customer review :  18 October 2011 by Rinoa Koh    (Singapore)

Rating : 5/10

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Some travellers' tips if you need to spend time in Paris Orly Airport. Free water dispenser inside Tourist Information counter at Paris Orly SUD terminal, don't buy from vending machine. Free power point and free wifi in McDonald's at Hall A level 1, open until 10pm.



Paris Orly Airport customer review :  18 July 2011 by N Junzo   (Brazil)

Customer Rating :  2/5

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Have not had a good impression on Orly. Inbound and outbound flights were via terminal Ouest (West), which is cramped, dated and confusing. Check-in halls are a mess and lines are not well organized, which makes passengers disorientated. Few options for shopping and dining once inside security zone. Be careful that some services are restricted to the South terminal, such as the banking service for tax refund in cash. As this airport lacks an efficient mobility system between terminals, allow yourself at least an extra hour should you need to go back and forth safe.


Paris Orly Airport customer review :  28 July 2010 by D Lee   (Singapore)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Very strange airport. Upon arrival from Berlin on Bastille Day with Easyjet, we disembarked at a gate located in Orly Ouest only to proceed walking almost 1km to Orly Sud (which is the designated terminal for Easyjet operations in Orly). Furthermore for some reason or another, and I'm not sure whether it was because of Bastille Day or the distance between Orly Sud and Ouest, baggage took nearly 35 minutes to get to all the passengers assembled in the baggage claim area. Ridiculous standard of service especially when dealing with a intra-Schengen flight.


PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review : 30 January 2010 by Paul Van Alsten

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

I often use "Orly-Ouest" terminal for French domestic flights and my experience is quite mixed depending on which boarding halls I use. Hall 1 is mainly used for medium-sized destinations (with turboprop and Fokker aircraft) and is my preferred one - security checks are usually quick, boarding area is bright with sufficient seating areas. Hall 2 is dedicated to LaNavette shuttle flights to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice - at peak hours waiting time at security can be very long and the boarding area is cramped. Furthermore, as LaNavette flights run every hour or even every 30 minutes, it can become confusing and difficult to locate the right boarding gate! Hall 3 uses only departure gate 30 for domestic flights - no need to rush through security as tha gate has only toilets and no other facilities. Hall 4 is used rather for tourist destinations with larger aircraft (A320/A321 to Biarritz, Toulon and Corsica) - the boarding area gets crowded rather rapidly and the small bar has rip-off prices. ORY is much closer to downtown Paris than CDG, but is unfortunately missing a fast and reliable train connection. Avoid the Air France coaches and the OrlyVal train which charge rip-off prices - around €10 one-way. The OrlyBus shuttle is cheaper but is always overcrowded. My preferred alternative is to use the RER C suburb train: first catch a shuttle bus from the airport to the train station "Pont de Rungis - Aeroport Orly"; from there a RER train run every 15-30 minutes to downtown Paris. The whole trip costs €6,80 one-way and lasts around 45 mins.


PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review : 25 September 2009 : by J Kotsopoulos

Customer Rating : 2/5

2 Star Rating

This is a retro airport, hence interesting for anyone who still dreams of the 1970s! However, be warned that if you are taking one of the early morning discount airline flights because you will encounter almost unimaginably long security check lines. The queue I entered ran almost the entire length of the south terminal (100+ meters)! The system only seems to work because once your flight is deemed "prioritaire" (ie. already boarding) you are allowed by officials to cut in to the front of the line. However, until your flight gets this status change, all you can do is stand at the back. I suggest checking in at least 2 hours before departure, even for domestic flights.


PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review : 21 July 2009 : by Nick Biskinis

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Rather calmer than the chaotic CDG, Orly resembles a pre-1980s Heathrow Terminal 2 (simple beige interiors, lots of windows). There's even a viewing terrace for spectators. On transport links, though it's often suggested people should take RER B to Antony and then the ORLYVAL shuttle train, this is a rip-off option. RER B to Antony takes a while from Central Paris and is often is packed out taking commuters into the southern suburbs, whilst the ORLYVAL is a rip off. It's pleasanter, cheaper (and from experience quicker) to get the more comfortable RER C to Rungis and then the shuttle bus to Orly.


PARIS ORLY AIRPORT customer review : 6 November 2008 : by Joe Bailey

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

Quirky. It is straight out of the 1970s, but found it quite good. Very tired looking but pretty efficient. Well connected, signage a bit flaky, but overall and average to good experience. A physical overhaul of the decor would not be a bad idea.


Paris Orly Airport review by Alain Decau

3 June 2008   Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

Old-fashioned but efficient airport. Check-in quick and easy. Quick delivery of the luggage (15mn after arrival). Easy access to the public transport (Air France coaches). Good selection of shops and restaurants. Less prestigious airport than Paris-CDG but much more convenient.

Paris Orly Airport review by Mark Evans

26 March 2008   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

This is the civilised Paris airport, and superior on almost every count to CDG. Easy layout to negotiate and a quick and well-marked exit to the city is available. Good quality landside restaurant, but the quality of the facilities airside drops off markedly. Unkempt lavatories, security facilities a bit of a squeeze (though I did not encounter any major delay getting through and staff were polite), and gate area seating is cramped.

Paris Orly Airport review by Marcel Frueh

21 August 2007   Customer Rating : 1 Star Rating

This is the first time I used Orly airport. Honestly, I was a bit worried to find an easy/fast way wo the airport with public transport first, but in the end in turned out to be the right decision taking the Metro to "Denfert-Rochereau" station and the changing to the "Orlybus", which takes just about 20 min. to the terminals and costs only €6.10 (tickets can be purchased next to the bus stop at the counter or vending machine; the bus tickets is included in the "Paris Visite" pass for zones 1-5!) - really an easy & cheap way to get to this airport! However, the airport was less pleasant - very old building and facilities (I guess from the 60s!), NO easy/quick check-in counters or machines if you're (like me) travelling with hand baggage only, basically no facilities except some VERY expensive shops, bakeries & vending machines (one bottle 0.5L of water costs €2.50 at the vending machine, small cappuccino at the bakery for €3.80!) and a small, old prayer room. AnnouNcements were basically non- existant, if at all - in French only. Bathrooms were much too small and not really clean. Security check was a joke: staff hardly speaks English (the first thing they asked me was if I can speak French!!!), they neither looked at the x-ray screens nor checked my bag for liquids (I DID carry a couple of small bottles, one was actually a sun spray which had more than 100ml - but they didn't care) nor they checked my body for weapons etc.


Paris Orly Airport review by Paul Jacobsen

8 May 2007   Customer Rating : n/a

Interestingly many low-cost airlines are now using Orly airport. Its biggest advantage vs CDG is the close location to Paris city centre. Here are two cheap transportation alternatives, if you are heading for Paris southern "arrondissements". The cheapest but also the most time- consuming alternative is to take bus no. 183 to "Porte de Choisy" where you can connect with the Metro line no. 7. The bus ticket costs around 2€. The faster alternative, costing 5.60€, is the so-called Jetbus to "Villejuif" whre you can also connect with Metro no.7. Departing Orly from boarding area D, do not be fooled by the vending machines placed just after security. They sell a 0,5l water at 2.50€, the same would cost 2.10€ at the shops located just before the boarding gates!

Paris Orly Airport review by Dave Jaros

24 March 2007   Customer Rating : n/a

Used this airport for first time - arrival on South Terminal, the very end next to reconstruction site (Hall G). This is pretty old fashion airport, so do not expect jetways, fontains or wifi hotspots, but fairly enough for easy transport means and connections. Swift immigration, no checked baggage so headed for the Orlyval train in 10 mins after landing. The only point is one (!) counter for train tickets - fairly too few to manage todays traffic at the peak times (there are another two ticket machines accepting banknotes or credit cards as well). Departing on Thursday mid-evening, easy navigation to the check-in though you have to slalom between some queues sometimes. Two counters for an 737 flight just okay, staff friendly and working fast. Reaching the departure hall is a matter of walking steps up and down (due to the reconstruction), first you can reach understaffed passport control (3 out of 8 counters open), security just before the respective hall (was forced to remove my belt, on the other side nobody cared the liquids in my x-rayed bag). This may be a stuck point so beware you slower movers and take some 30 mins to reach the G hall. Tried to buy some drink before security to take with but shops did not offer the security pack (I wonder if they would when purchasing a bottle of wine or scotch?). Airside there was just one small snack bar and one delights shop there. A lack of seating for a full plane pax load waiting at the gate. A bit chaotic gate staff changed by PA the gate number, their english was from terrible (rather a nose sounds than words) to non-existent (only French announcement for passengers to another international destinations). Considering sometimes crowded RER train to the city (ok, it was a peak time with many commuters) but easy access by the Orlyval than, I would not hesitate to choose this place for short routes and transfer. A different experience, more relaxed, experience to the CDG and retro back to the old times.

Paris Orly Airport review by Bradley Montag

19 January 2007

This was my first time passing through Orly airport on my way to Venice and I must say that the airport facilities are basic and the airport itself is outdated and has a depressing feel to it. The signage was not so fantastic and the waiting area was very cramped. The security was very slow with all this upheaval over the liquids.

Paris Orly Airport review by Louise Doherty

27 December 2006

Nice old fashioned looking airport but the bars and cafes are a rip off and duty free shop minimal, leave going through security till last minute. Beware of unscrupulous employees here, I bought a bottle of coke for 4.50 euro which is bad enough in itself, but I gave in 10 and only got 50 cents change.

Paris Orly Airport review by Farouk Mogheth

2 November 2006

Paris Orly Since the mid-1970s all my flights to and from Paris had utilized CDG. This month I flew into ORY for the first time in nearly four decades. Memory had not deceived me. ORY is vastly superiot to CDG. Luggage arrives more quickly; it's easier to get from place to place; and the amenities -- from shops and restaurants to taxi stand -- are all at least as good and certainly more convenient.

Paris Orly Airport review by Tim Pithers

13 March 2006

Orly is the better of the two Parisian airports, with a much more lively and dynamic atmosphere. It has a much better passenger flow than CDG T1 and finding one's way around is relatively simple. There is a good selection of restaurants/bars/cafés landside. Checkin areas are relatively clearly marked and it is a fast process to departures for domestic flights. Security and passport control for international flights can be arduous due to staffing levels. What's good about Orly is that each checkin desk leads to its corresponding gate number meaning a short walk. If you've got time to spend at Orly, leave security until just before departure because there is nothing to do airside.

Paris Orly Airport review by Brian Murphy

18 February 2006

Recently flew from Orly to Fort-de-France in Martinique with Air France. Although the airport itself has an old feel to it, it still has character, and real French character, unlike Paris CDG! The main comment I have however refers to the state of the chairs in the Air France business lounge - most of them are filthy! I am amazed that Air France has not addressed this - it gave a very bad impression on an otherwise nice lounge. One other comment - if you are going from Paris CDG to Orly at 8.00 am in the morning, by the Air France bus, be prepared for a very, very crawl in traffic! The morning I took the bus, it took almost 2 and 1/2 hours to get to Orly. Hence, passengers going to Orly at this hour of the morning should look at perhaps the train option! In addition, these AF buses often are very stuffy, when they have the heat on in winter, so you may arrive in Orly somewhat fatigued!

Paris Orly Airport review by James Taylor

21 October 2005

Used the West Terminal last weekend. Hot tip of the decade - after check-in, don't go through to the departure lounge until the last minute. There's a shop selling chocolate, and a "dire" bar called "Tip Top Tapas" if you please, and that's it. On the check-in side there are countless bars and restaurants and newspaper shops. I asked, and was allowed, to return through the departure gate twice, so I guess it must be a common question. All announcements were in French only (I was flying Iberia - Spanish would have been useful); flight was delayed two and a half hours and the Orly staff were useless. For me, very much an "airport of last resort".

Paris Orly Airport review by Michael Newport

16 August 2005

Orly south is a sad terminal, inadequate for modern day usage. Queuing (or not) for Corsairs flights is a mess. It took about 1 hour to load the 747 (after a 5 hour delay), passengers standing on the stairs as the holding room was far too small. Boarding is then via a bus trip around the airport.

Paris Orly Airport review by Javier Urra

28 April 2005

There is one thing incredible from Orly. Baggage claim is accessible to anyone!!! I've never found something similar all around the world. I mean, more clearly, anyone who reaches Orly can directly goes to a baggage belt and take you bag without any problem! Imagine when you are arrived, you follow the signals and you discover yourself in the medium of the check in area!!! You feel you have missed the baggage claim - no, it's there! Well, in some words, horrible airport, old fashioned. However, I use it only if I have to make a direct flight (for example Paris Madrid) and I don't check in baggage. Connection to Paris is not good either. Orly needs a RER stop (commuter paris train) and not the expensive and wasting-time "Orlyval"

Paris Orly Airport review by Peter Dowling

18 June 2004

Just a further comment on ORY's convenience and transfers between CDG. I was at Orly in late May 2004 and found it to be quite light and airy with good shops, but also a little overcrowded, with insufficient seating in the public areas prior to the departure lounges. As for connections to CDG, it couldn't be easier. The light rail ("monorail") takes you directly to the Antony RER train station where you catch a direct train to CDG airport. The whole journey can easily take less than a hour.

Paris Orly Airport review by M Devor

25 December 2003

It is old and the age shows, but the airport is thousands times more practical than CDG. It is more spacious, more room for counters, shops, and other facilities. Schengen screwed up the South terminal, dividing the airside into segments with long walks out to the Schengen flights. Before it was all one big airside area which was great for connections. They also have a fantastic observation deck with big windows and anti-terrorism protected, but the views are good. The French Gov't came out with a rule that Orly would only be used for short haul, CDG for both short and long haul and hence, many carriers, including AA, were kicked out of Orly and sent to CDG. I can't imagine what they were thinking. Orly is closer to Paris, it is easier to use, and is more practical. They need more hotels as the Hilton, a good hotel, is the only one on site (that I know of). I like the monorail between the South and West terminals. CDG would do well to have something similar. Also, they need a direct rail link between Orly and CDG. Taking the bus is bad when Paris traffic can be so awful.

 

 

 


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