Despite Continued Strike Action, Paris’ Airports Perform Well

Despite Continued Strike Action, Paris' Airports Perform Well
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Despite strike action across Paris’ main two airports, CDG and Orly are performing strongly, as revealed in Groupe ADP’s recent report.

Of course, there could be some scope to suggest that if the strike action from its air traffic controllers hadn’t happened, the results could have been even better, but Groupe ADP do seem strong in its position currently.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

How Is Paris’ CDG & Orly Performing?


Despite Continued Strike Action, Paris' Airports Perform Well
Dmitry Avdeev, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

As a breakdown for proceedings, we will see how both CDG and Orly are performing for the Paris-based catchment area.

For June 2023, CDG handled 6,059,590 passengers, which is an increase of 11.2% compared to the same period last year.

In terms of the first six months of the year, the main airport in Paris has handled 31,778,035 passengers, which is also an increase of 27.9% compared to the same period last year, as well as it representing 87.5% of pre-pandemic levels.

As for Orly, 2,946,539 passengers were handled in June 2023, which was an increase of 9.2% compared to the same period last year.

In terms of the first six months of the year, they have handled 15,316,869 passengers, which is an increase of 21.4%.

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Below is a table detailing both Paris-based airports for last month as well as for 1H23:

AirportPassengers (June 2023)Percentage Increase (Same period 2023 vs. 2022)% of traffic
vs. 2019
January-June 2023 Passenger NumbersPercentage Increase (Same Period 2023 vs. 2022)% of traffic
vs. 2019
Paris-CDG6,059,590+11.2%87.6%31,778,035+27.9%87.5%
Paris-Orly2,946,539+9.2%97.9%15,316,869+21.4%95.8%

No representative from the airport commented on these results in the release, but do seem very positive in the wake of strike action from air traffic controllers.

Are The ATC Strikes Actually Affecting The Airports?


Dmitry Avdeev, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

In short, yes. For Paris Orly and CDG, disruption has been expected in past strikes this year, with the most recent being back in May.

At that point, Ryanair had already cancelled hundreds, if not thousands of flights, from the France area, and even some from nearby Beauvais.

Ultimately, what this represents is that Groupe ADP has been able to ensure that its passenger numbers are still on the climb, despite these external pressures.

What is going to be interesting to watch is how the numbers will be going into July & August, two key and important months in the Summer schedule. Will they go up, or will they go down?

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