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 31 Mio. passengers in 2017 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.
In compare to Paris Charles the Gaulle and Le Bourget you don’t need a spotting permit in Paris Orly. 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. As highlights you can say that Cubana operating into ORY with an IL-96-300. 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 and Björn Van Brussel (last update June Feb 2019)
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|3.650m (11’975 ft)||3.320m (10’892 ft)||2.400m (7’874 ft)|
|Terminals||Terminal Sud||Terminal Ouest|
|A Part of the Full Service Carriers and Vueling||Especially LCC, Charter Airlines and some Full Service Carriers|
|Spotting Information||Ladder||Not really needed just helpful at a few positions. But you get all traffic without one!|
|Car||Really necessary when you want to switch postions as there is not the best public transport accesability|
|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.|
|Runway Usage||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|
|Spot #1 – Arrivals Runway 26|
|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.|
|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|
|Spot #2 – La Coulée Verte – RWY 08/26|
|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 Mirage 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|
|Spot #3 – Touchdown Runway 06 / Takeoff Runway 24|
|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.
|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:
|Spot #4 – Arrivals runway 06 (south)|
|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.|
+++ UPDATE April 2019: At the moment there are construction works at the parallel taxiway to RWY 06, it seems like they are building a small apron as holding point for the runway. Due to the construction works your view from the dike is quite limited, therefore it’s better to go with a ladder to the fence. +++
|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|
|Spot #5 – Arrivals runway 06 (south)|
|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.|
|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. Not a must, but it is advisable to bring a small step with you.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330: 120mm; A320-200: 180mm; CRJ-1000: 210mm|
|Spot #6 – Arrivals runway 06 (north)|
|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.|
|TIME||Best times: Late in the afternoon and evening.|
|MISC.||No facilities at this spot.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330-300: 170mm; B737-800: 250mm|
|Spot #7 – Viewing deck Terminal Sud|
|WHERE||Terminal Sud (South) has it’s own viewing deck. Follow the signs in the terminal or just go to the most upper level of the terminal.|
|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|
|Spot #8 – Voie De Edouets|
|WHERE||This spot is located 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. You have a fence in front of you but almost all planes are already high enough so it doesn’t really bother.|
There are also a few big concrete blocks where you can get a little higher if you want some more view on the runway.
|MISC.||You can park your car at the spot|
|FOCAL LENGTH||A332 = 100mm; B737-800 = 160mm|
|Spot #9 – Arrivals Runway 06 / Takeoff Runway 24|
|WHERE||This spot is located at the end of Rue de Berger. Follow the road until you reach a parking. Your spotting location is against the wall of this parking. Just follow the sun angle and choose your position, you have a lot of space. Note that at some point the taxiway(and so the wheels) will disappear because is leaning down. So check some “non-interesting” airplanes for choosing the better position.|
Note that in theory you aren’t allowed to park there, so we recommend to use this spot for a short period of time. Anyway it is always half empty, so usually no one notice you and doesn’t send you away.
|WHAT||Arrivals from 06 vacating runway. Departures from Runway 24 taxing to the holding point.|
|TIME||Summer: from 10 to 18, you can choose the angle and follow the sun|
Winter: all day.
|MISC.||No facilities and no shades at this spot. A ladder is highly recommended, but everything that elevates you is fine. In some points the wall is lower so you just need 20cm to climb. You might find some junk there that is usually used by spotters, you can go and check if you find something acting like a ladder before going to the Carrefur near the Concorde and buy one.|
Spotting here is allowed but remember that some Orly Security or Police will come and check who you are and what you are doing. Again, is better to use this spot carefully for avoid any trouble but we never had problems.
|FOCAL LENGTH||A330-300/747-400: 100mm; B777-300: 80mm|
There are 2 taxiways. Usually heavy aircraft take the middle one, which the lenghts are referred. If they land short and take the first one you won’t be able to take shots because too close. For the first taxiway is 30mm A320 full frame camera.