Paris Orly airport is the smaller airport of the two airports serving Paris by scheduled services (Le Bourget only for Business jets). It is, with 33 Mio. passengers in 2019, the second busiest airport of France. It’s a hub for Air France, Aigle Azur, HOP, La Compagnie, Corsair, French Bee and Transavia France. It’s a focus city for Easyjet, Air Caribes, Royal Air Maroc, Air Algerie and Vueling.
The only disadvantage is when you want to change positions from Rw 06 to Rw 08 you need about 15 minutes, depends on the traffic. At all spots parking is for free possible except for the Airport Terrace.
The traffic is constantly and there is always a mix of different Airlines. Royal Air Maroc and Air Algerie operating into ORY with heavies on some of their flights are operated by their longhaul fleets that are rarely seen on the rest of the main hubs in Europe. It’s easy to get nearly all of the traffic without changing spots.
Written by Patrick Weis, Bas Velders, Severin Hackenberger, Brandon Duc and Björn Van Brussel (last update: July 2021)
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|06/24||3.650m (11’975 ft)|
|08/26||3.320m (10’892 ft)|
|02/20||2.400m (7’874 ft)|
|Terminals||There is one major facility, splitted into four halls|
|Orly 1 (ex Orly-Quest), Gates A-B||Schengen flights by easyJet, Vueling and all other major carriers|
|Orly 2 (ex Orly-Quest), Gates C||closed|
|Orly 3, Gates D||Schengen and non schengen by Air France, Transavia France, Vueling|
|Orly 4, (ex Orly-Sud) Gates E-F||Air Caraibes, Corsair, FrenchBee, Royal Air Maroc, Air Algérie|
|Ladder||Not really needed just helpful at a few positions. But you get all traffic without one!|
|Car/Public Transport||Car is necessary when you want to switch postions as there is not the best public transport accesability. Spots 2-5 are reachable by public transport. For a better navigation download the Île-de-France Mobilités App for your smartphone.|
|Restrooms||Inside the terminal or on the marked Mc Donald’s and the supermarkets..|
|Drinks/Food||Inside the terminal or as marked on the map.|
|Hotels||All around the airport could be found.|
|Season||Any time of the year the traffic is more or less the same but in the winter the most of the time the weather is not that good. Bit more charter flights during summer but the heavies from Corsair, Air France or Air Caraibes operate very frequent during winter too.|
|Security||++++ UPDATE FEBRUARY 2022 ++++
A PHOTO PERMIT IS MANDATORY AT CHARLES DE GAULLE, ORLY AND LE BOURGET BUT ACTUALLY – ALL THREE AIRPORTS NOW. SINCE AUG 2021 THE AUTHORITY WORKS AGAIN AND SENDS OUT PERMITS.
As the known email address of the police is still valid, we recommend you to send them a message with your intention, ID/Passport copy and the dates when you will be at the airport(s). It can take months to receive a permit but be aware that you don’t even get an answer! In this case keep this email with you in the case of a check (which is very very unlikely).
Send email in french (recommended, use google translate) to the following address:
Every airport employee (even security staff) who has got an airport badge is allowed to check your spotting permit. The only exception if you are not willing to comply is the person fails to show you his/her airport badge, which proves he/she works at ORY.
They especially check the locations along the perimeter fence.
|06/24||Main arrival Runway direction is 06. If 26 is active as landing runway this is the depature runway.|
|08/26||Main departure Runway direction is 08. If 24 is active as depature runway this is the arrival runway. We noticed a few 08 arrivals altough 06 was the main runway, mainly by Transavia France. But very rare!|
|02/20||Not in use.|
|WHERE||This spot is at Rue de Jacana next to the D118. From the airport, drive south along the N7. Then go Left on the D25E (Concorde). Go left again at the roundabout onto D118. Parking spot is in the Rue Lindbergh or somewhere else at the industrial zone. Walk back to the D118, cross the road and walk to the perimeter to the position. It is along a dead end road that lead to the back of the company behind you.
By public transport: from Paris downtown, you have to take the train ‘RER – Line C – Eastbound train – Towards : Versailles Chantiers C8, or Dourdan La Foret C4 or Saint Martin d’Etampes C6
|WHAT||When they operate west-to-east, (almost) all arrivals will be on runway 26. (no ladder needed, aircraft are still over the fence).
In the rare case they use this one for departures you can take pictures from here too over the fence. (e.g. if the other one is closed).
|TIME||From sunrise until late-afternoon.|
|MISC.||No facilities at this spot. There are some trees spending shadow. Pretty calm place and easy to spot from.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330-300: 100mm; B737-800: 140mm|
|WHERE||This spot is located inside the Park La Coulée Verte. Park your car on the free car park in front of the Park in the Rue Marceau Street. Go inside at the main gate and turn left at the Dassault Etendard IV M. and walk down the paved way until it ends afther the childrens play ground. Walk up the grass hill on your right and until the wall. There are some wooden blocks that helps you to clear the view onto the runway or a tiny ladder/chair or something similar.
A second possibility is to walk straight ahead at the Mirage and you’ll end up in a little “amfitheatre” where you can stand on 2 little hills (see overview pic below) for the perfect runway shots during 08 departure. Its possible that the bushes are not cut and blocks your sight.
To get to the park by public transport take tram line 7 from the airport and exit at Porte de l`Essonne. From there it’s a 10 minute walk.
|WHAT||This spot is best for 08 departures and arrivals. But latter is very rare!
We have seen planes that don´t use the full runway length instead enter at the second entrance. Then its better to stay at the “amfitheatre” as you are closer. If 26 is active you can´t catch much traffic as most planes use the high speed exit to the right..
|TIME||From sunrise till sunset in winter. In summer late morning till afternoon.|
|MISC.||A kiosk and toilets at the entrance of the park. Heathaze is a problem during warm days however. Check the opening times at the park entrance. Usually it opens at 09:00. Closing varies between summer/winter. There is a security guy on a bike who will kick you off the ground if you try stay longer.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A340-300: 70mm; A320: 120mm|
|WHERE||This spot is located in the Rue de Berger. Follow the road until you’re at the only roundabout in this street. It’s not possible to park the car at the traffic barrier anymore, now there is gate for emergency services and it’s not allowed to park there. It’s better to use the parking possibilities at Spot #4 instead. From the barrier walk up the way until the fence. Then turn right and walk along the fence until you’re at the height of the tank of the company behind you. You need a ladder with at least four steps!
From the barrier you can also take departure shots from runway 24. There is a little sandhill next to the gate so you’re high enough to see the action and you don´t need a ladder. Heathaze might be an issue on warm days.
By public transport: From the City Center take RER B to ANTONY RER station. When you stop at this station, you need to take the bus No 297 (runs every 15-20 min) – Direction : Places Charles Steber / Marche (Antony RER Station is the 1st stop of this bus line). You need to drop off at this stop ‘Vielle Remise’. From this bus stop, you need aprroximate 20 min to reach the spot.
|WHAT||You can take here pictures of all planes touching down on runway 06 or taking off from runway 24|
|TIME||sunrise till 15:00|
|MISC.||No facilities at this spot. There is a board at the gate telling that it is forbidden to trespass, so it’s at your own risk.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||touchdown: IL-96: 135mm, A320: 200mm
take off: B747 = 130mm, B737 = 260mm
Departure shots from the parking lot:
|WHERE||For Spot 4 park your car at the side of the Street Rue des Mares Juliennes. Please don’t block the road. Walk up towards and turn right onto the cyclepath until there is a wide dike on the left side of the cyclepath. Climb up until your’re in the angle you like. No ladder needed at this spot and you can photograph over the fence easily.
By public transport: From the City Center take RER B to ANTONY RER station. When you stop at this station, you need to take the bus No 297 (runs every 15-20 min) – Direction : Places Charles Steber / Marche (Antony RER Station is the 1st stop of this bus line). You need to drop off at this stop ‘Vielle Remise’. From this bus stop, you need aprroximate 15 min to reach the spot.
|WHAT||This spot is good for all arrivals on Runway 06 during the morning hours.|
|TIME||From sunrise till 15:00.|
|MISC.||Nothing at this spot.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330: 120mm; B757-200: 170mm|
|WHERE||Spot 5 is located on Street Rue des Mares Juliennes. From the parking of spot 4, drive back to the D167 until you have a clear view over the fence. Park your car on the side of the road. There are some concrete blocks on the side of the road you can use to get a better view. You could also bring a 4 step ladder with you.
By public transport: From the City Center take RER B to ANTONY RER station. When you stop at this station, you need to take the bus No 297 (runs every 15-20 min) – Direction : Places Charles Steber / Marche (Antony RER Station is the 1st stop of this bus line). You need to drop off at this stop ‘Vielle Remise’. From this bus stop, you need aprroximate 10 min to reach the spot.
|WHAT||This spot is good for all arrivals on Runway 06 as well as for Line-Ups onto runway 06.|
|TIME||Arrivals = From sunrise till 15:00 — Line-Ups = Afternoon till sunset.|
|MISC.||Nothing at this spot. Not a must, but it is advisable to bring a small step with you. Heat haze can be a problem for Line-Ups quickly.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330: 120mm; A320-200: 180mm; CRJ-1000: 210mm|
|WHERE||This spot is located north of runway 06. You can park your car along the roadside of the D167 (Boulevard de l’Europe). Be aware of the traffic and cyclists.|
|WHAT||This spot is good for all arrivals on Runway 06. But also Line-Ups onto runway 06 are possible here.|
|TIME||Late afternoon/evening in the summer.|
|MISC.||No facilities at this spot. Heat haze and parking might occur as problem.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330-300: 170mm; B737-800: 250mm|
|WHERE||This spot is located in an industrial in la Voie De Edouets, a dead-end street north of runway 24.|
|WHAT||From this spot you can easily spot planes on take off from runway 24 as well as the arrivals rwy06.
Departures : You have a fence in front of you but almost all planes are already high enough so it doesn’t really bother.
|TIME||Late afternoon/evening in the summer.|
|MISC.||You can park your car at the spot.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A332 = 100mm; B737-800 = 160mm|
|WHERE||This spot is located just by the fence next to the taxiway crossing Rue du Berger. The spot can be reached on the same way as spot #3-5 just continue driving on the road till you reach this spot and the taxiway bridge. Park your car nearby by the roadside or the parking areas/paved roads close to this spot and proceed to the fence then, where you can search your favourite position.|
|WHAT||Aircraft taxiing to runway 06 threshold.|
|TIME||From late morning till sunset.|
|MISC.||Ladder required to get over the fence. Keep a low profile especially due to the nearby catering company.|
A319 (90 degree shot) = 40mm
|WHERE||This spot is located inside a parking lot, which has no exact description of its usage. Just follow the Rue du Berger till its end and once you end up facing a gate, turn left and proceed to the parking lot. Then get rid of your car and search your favourite position along the wall…
++23.04.2022 – We have received reports that a large fence of 4meters high is being built around that parking. The spot may no longer be available. If you do have additional information please write us++
|WHAT||Aircraft taxiing to the apron/gates after arriving on runway 06 as well as 06 departures and maybe also aircraft taxiing to runway 24 threshold. In addition also parts of the apron in front.|
|TIME||From late midday till sunset.|
|MISC.||Ladder might be useful, but you can also take pictures from the concrete objects along the wall at some points.
In the past, some spotters have been sent away by the police so KEEP A LOW PROFILE and only be around here for the movements you want!
|WHERE||Orly 4 has it’s own viewing deck. Use entrance 47d and go straight ahead to the stairs, escelator to reach level 1. From there just follow the signs up to the “Terrasse panoramique” which is landside, before the security checks. (Terminal Map)|
|WHAT||This spot is great for viewing aircraft, but not so great for photos. First problem is the dirty glass you will be shooting though. Second problem is the viewing direction. The sun is against you almost the whole day.
Pictures can be taken from taxiing traffic on the taxiway. The runway is to far (heat-waves). It is difficult to take any pictures of traffic taxiing to/from Terminal Ouest (East), due to the glass.
|TIME||Best times: late in the afternoon/evening and on days with lots of clouds.|
|MISC.||Eveything you need is in the terminal.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330-200 (closest taxiway): 50mm; B737-800 (second taxiway): 120mm|
|WHERE||Next to the the “Cimetière de Wissous” is a little hill you can climb naturally. You are above everything and you can see the runway perfectly and even the terminals. No ladder needed. You can park just at the front of it when you come but be aware of trucks parking here though.|
|WHAT||You can see runway 24 departures, runway 06 landings (touchdown) and you can also see the terminals.|
|TIME||Late afternoon/evening in the summer.|
|MISC.||No issues with police, there is some fastfood near the spotting place, but not sure of its accesibility by foo|
|FOCAL LENGTH||773=70mm; A319=110mm|