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Paris ORY above 2019 passenger traffic; Transavia top carrier; Nice leading destination

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Paris ORY is France’s second-busiest airport after CDG. It ended the year 2023 with about 32.3 million passengers, 1.4% above 2019. It was considerably above France’s top 15 airports (-7.2%) and CDG (-11.5%). However, traffic has not exceeded the record set in 2018.

ORY’s growth was despite the loss of multiple airlines since 2019, such as Aeroflot (2019), Aigle Azur (defunct; 2019), BA CityFlyer (2019), Flybe Mk1 (defunct; 2020), Level (2021), Lufthansa (2023), Norwegian (2020) and Transavia (Netherlands; 2023).

However, it has been offset by the arrival of Amelia (2021), Eastern Airways (2023), Volotea (2022), and Wizz Air (2020) and – most particularly – big expansion by certain incumbent carriers.

Paris ORY passengers 2006-2024

Transavia has more than doubled in size since S19

Transavia France is overwhelmingly ORY’s leading operator. According to Cirium schedules information, it has almost 4.7 million departing seats in S24, 116% more than in S19. Its network has risen from 58 to 106 routes. Eight routes added in 2023 will be served this summer, to be joined by:

  • 4 April 2024: Tallinn (2-weekly); a brand-new destination from ORY
  • 4 April 2024: Milan MXP (6-weekly)
  • 6 April 2024: Bergen (2-weekly); the airport pair served by Vueling until 2022 and Norwegian until 2019
  • 12 April 2024: Varna (weekly); a brand-new destination from ORY
  • 13 April 2024: Comiso (2-weekly); a brand-new destination from ORY

Top 10 Paris ORY airlines S24

Vueling has grown strongly, too

Transavia is more than two-and-a-half times the size of number two, Vueling. But the IAG-owned LCC has also grown strongly (+56%), helped by slots from defunct Aigle Azur.

Vueling’s network comprises 29 routes, up from just 11. However, its core market – Barcelona – still accounts for almost a fifth of available seats.

Its most recent ORY new route is also its most different: Amman. Served 2-weekly, it began on 23 October 2023 and competes directly with Transavia (weekly). Using slots leased from British Airways, Vueling will begin ORY-London LHR on 7 April (daily), the first time the airline has flown the route. It was last served by BA in 2017.

Prague International Airport

Transavia versus Air France at ORY

The change among the top three airlines since S19 has been remarkable. It has seen Air France – which was first because of its domestic network – shrink to third. It has increasingly concentrated on its CDG hub, leaving ORY flying to its lower-cost Transavia unit.

Comparing the two airlines shows that Air France had about two-thirds of the pair’s capacity in full-year 2019, which has since reduced to just a quarter. In comparison, Transavia’s share has risen massively to 75%. By 2026, Air France is due to pull out of ORY to fully concentrate on CDG.

Historically, Air France mainly served domestic France from ORY, and it continues to be the leader in the market despite Transavia’s entry in 2020 following union agreement. Seven of Air France’s 11 ORY routes are within the mainland and to Corsica (Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse).

Transavia now serves five thinner domestic routes (Biarritz, Montpellier, Pau, Perpignan and Toulon). The impact of France’s ban on domestic flights, based on having no flights when trains take two-and-a-half-hours or less, is clear to see.

Air France and Transavia France at Paris ORY

Nice is ORY’s top destination

Using Cirium data to examine ORY’s S24 network shows that 164 destinations are served on a non-stop and one-stop basis. Obviously, the majority are within Europe (107). However, its route map spans Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Middle East, North America, Oceania and South America.

Its Americas network comprises Cancun (Air Caraibes), Cayenne (Air Caraibes), Los Angeles (French bee), Montreal (Corsair), Newark (French bee, La Compagnie), Miami (French bee), San Francisco (French bee), Sao Paulo VCP (Azul).

Thirty-eight African destinations are linked, with Algiers and Tunis – in Francophone North Africa – making the top 10. The first Moroccan airport is Marrakech in 11th, followed by Casablanca in 14th. However, Nice is most served airport from ORY, albeit with far less capacity than in S19. There are 90-weekly flights in July by Air France (56) and easyJet (34).

Top 10 Paris ORY destinations S24

Prague Airport