Orly airport will temporarily stop its activity as of March 31, victim of a collapse of more than 90% of air traffic due to border closings linked to the spread of coronavirus, announced its manager on Wednesday. , Groupe ADP.
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“It is an absolutely major and brutal collapse” of air traffic in Paris, but also in all the airports managed in the world by Groupe ADP, explained to the journalists the general manager of the airport manager, Edward Arkwright.
“Yesterday we were at -92% of passenger traffic at Orly and at -89% at Charles-de-Gaulle”, compared to a year earlier, against -75% at Orly and -70% at Charles-de- Gaulle last week, he said.
“We are going to get to the low level of 10% activity,” added Mr. Arkwright.
However, Orly will remain available to accommodate diversions in the event of an emergency, state flights, medical evacuations, or for aircraft transfers to the parking lot and for maintenance.
A ground handling and screening inspection permanence for security operations will be maintained. The control tower should remain open to oversee this residual activity, according to Mr. Arkwright.
No date has been given for the reopening of the airport, which will be “very spread out and very gradual,” said Mr. Arkwright.
ADP has also closed most of the general aviation airports it manages in the provinces.
And on that of business aviation at Le Bourget, of which ADP is also the manager, there are “around 30 flights a day, two thirds of which are in the sanitary area”.
The airlines, represented by the International Air Transport Association (Iata), estimated revenue losses in 2020 at $ 252 billion on Tuesday in a crisis scenario that would last three months. But they fear a slow recovery in the sector due to the global recession that accompanies the collapse of air traffic.
Groupe ADP forecasts “800 million euros less Ebitda” in 2020, according to Mr. Arkwright, while the gross operating surplus had reached 1.961 billion euros in 2019.
A first savings plan for the group, of 180 million euros, including 120 million in Paris, has been readjusted to now amount to 270 million euros, including 125 million in Paris, not counting unemployment measures partial affecting 80% of Aéroports de Paris SA staff, according to the same source.
The four companies (out of more than a hundred previously) which currently continue to operate flights from Orly will transfer their activities to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, the airport north of the capital, from April 1.
According to a new financial simulation of the group, the drop in traffic is evaluated “at -65% between March and July at all the airports of the ADP group”, which directly or indirectly manages more than twenty airports around the world.
Over the year, at this stage, the drop in traffic would be “around 30%” at the group’s airports, said Mr. Arkwright.
Abroad, “almost all of the group’s airports, excluding Turkish airports, are completely closed,” added Mr. Arkwright.
The only two operating “with some restrictions” are Cotonou and New York Stewart, while the airports of the Turkish group TAV Airports have an extremely low “rate” of activity “.
The operation to acquire a 49% stake in the Indian group GMR Airports, the first step of which became a 24.99% shareholder was concluded on February 20, “is not in question”, however clarified Mr. Arkwright