Are you aware of the French airports set to be affected by increased traffic during Euro 2016? Following an ATC strike last week, operators are advised to keep a close eye on the situation in France. As June 10 approaches, we list the airports that will be impacted by the Euros and share some operational advice.
France is set to host the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship running from June 10 – July 10. The expected increase in air traffic means temporary operational procedures are being introduced for the airports of the hosting cities of Paris-St-Denis, Paris, Lens, Lille, Lyon, St-Etienne, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, and Nice. Here is a list of the French airports that will be impacted:
- Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD/LFBD)
BOD is affected by matches played at Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux and is open 24/7
- Beauvais Tille Airport (BVA/LFOB)
BVA is affected by matches played at the Stade de France, Paris-Saint-Denis and at the Parc des Princes, Paris at 15:00 or 18:00
BVA is open every day from 4:00 to 23:00 local time.
- Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
CDG is affected by matches played at the Stade de France, Paris-Saint-Denis and Parc des Princes, Paris
CDG is open 24/7 but ii is subject to night restrictions.
- St-Etienne-Boutheon Airport (EBU/LFMH)
EBU is affected by matches played at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St-Etienne
EBU is open every day from 7:00 to 19:00 local time. Opening hours may be extended on the evenings when a match occurs in St-Etienne and over the following morning.
- Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL/LFQQ)
LIL is affected by matches played at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille and the Stade Bollaert- Delelis, Lens
LIL is open 24/7.
- Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN/LFLY)
LYN is affected by matches played at the Stade des Lumieres, Lyon and the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St-Etienne
LYN is open from 5:30 to 21:30 Monday – Friday, from 7:00 to 21:30 on Saturdays and from 7:00 to 20:00 every Sunday.
Opening hours may be extended for flights with a valid PPR which was obtained at least 12 hours in advance.
- Lyon St-Exupery Airport (LYS/LFLL)
LYS is affected by matches played at the Stade des Lumieres, Lyon and Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St-Etienne
LYS is open 24/7.
- Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO)
ORY is not available to non-scheduled flights during this period of UEFA 2016
Marseille-Provence Airport (MRS/LFML)
MRS is affected by matches played at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille
MRS is open 24/7.
- Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN)
NCE is affected by matches played at the Allianz Riviera in Nice
NCE is open 24/7.
- Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS/LFBO)
TLS is affected by matches played at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse
TLS is open 24/7.
(Please see the table below)
- All flights (including scheduled, non-scheduled, Business or General Aviation) operating to one of the affected airports during the Euro 2016 championship will require an airport slot.
- All slots must be requested in a turnaround format, so it is always mandatory to include full details of the outbound schedule.
- It is possible to mark slot requests which are specific to the Euro 2016 to have slot priority, however, those requests will be cross-checked with the UEFA organization committee and fines will be imposed on fraud attempts.
- Slot coordination will compare flight plans with the allocated slots and flights without matching slots may be suspended prior to operation.
- Unused slots must to be cancelled and any violations or misuse of slots by not cancelling on time will be reported to the DGAC and may incur heavy fines.
Note: UAS will keep you updated with all the latest NOTAMs from France.