I though aircraft were forbidden to fly over Paris, but I can hear a lot of planes flying over Paris, and, looking at Flightradar24, they are really flying over the city.

They are commercial planes, not military or private ones.

Do you know if the regulations surrounding this have changed, or if it's just something normal?


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This is a map from SkyVector with the airspace around Paris:

Paris Airspace

You can see several major airports like Charles De Gaulle and Le Bourget to the North East and Orly to the South. In the center, there is a region marked LFP-23. This is the restricted airspace you probably had in mind. The French AIP defines it as follows:


SFC to 6500ft AMSL

Excluding LF-P 47 BALARD, which retains its status.
CAG/CAM: prohibited penetration, including unmanned aircraft, with the exception of:

  • after agreement of the Préfecture de Police de Paris, aircraft on mission of emergency medical service, civil security, gendarmerie, state transport customs and defense for which bypassing is not compatible with the execution of the mission ;
  • defence aircraft on air security missions (notification to the Préfecture de Police de Paris as soon as possible) ;
  • aircraft that have applied for entry to the police headquarters in Paris at least five working days before the date of the flight and have obtained formal authorization ;
  • aircraft authorised by the Paris-Issy-les-Moulineaux Heliport Control Authority (LFPI) which follow departure and arrival procedures published by means of aeronautical information ;
  • twin-engine helicopters, in the event of engine failure at the take-off of the Paris-Issy-les-Moulineaux heliport (LFPI) in accordance with the regulations in force ;
  • flights authorised in accordance with the procedures described in AIP ENR 1.2 and aeronautical chart 1/100 000 "Itineraires Hélicoptères" in CTR PARIS (appendix of 8 February 1984 decree).

You therefore shouldn't see any commercial aircraft flying in this restricted airspace below 6500 ft AMSL. Above that and outside of the marked region, the restriction does not apply.

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    $\begingroup$ (+1) Note that the marked region roughly corresponds to what the locals consider to be Paris proper, the municipality of Paris (without the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne). $\endgroup$
    – Relaxed
    Jul 31, 2022 at 23:00
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    $\begingroup$ Also, just as a note for those not particularly familiar with commercial aviation: For commercial aircraft departing CDG, getting above 6,500' before getting to central Paris will definitely not be a problem. For example, at this particular moment, there is an AF flight from CDG to GNV that was passing 11,000' as it entered LFP-23. A DHL aircraft passing through the area from Casablanca on the way into CDG was still above 12,000'. The 6,500' rule more just keeps low-flying sightseeing flights and general aviation away from the city. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Aug 1, 2022 at 19:39
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    $\begingroup$ what's lfp 47? it's marked with same green color in same green circle-ish blob as lfp 23 $\endgroup$ Aug 1, 2022 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ It also looks like the entire CZ is in LFR-205 $\endgroup$
    – StephenS
    Aug 2, 2022 at 1:03
  • $\begingroup$ @NooneAtAll LFP-47 is listed as "BALARD: SFC to 2000 ft AMSL, Defence facilities, Entry prohibited for all ACFT, including unmanned aircraft except for twin-engines HEL, in case of failure of engine for take off from HLP Paris-Issy-les-Moulineaux according to the regulatory requirements in force." So there are fewer exception for flying in this airspace compared to the surrounding LFP-23. $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Aug 2, 2022 at 17:07

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