Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is set to close two runways within days, providing additional space on which to park aircraft grounded by the coronavirus crisis.

NOTAM information issued for the French capital hub on 19 March states that both runway 08R/26L and the parallel 08L/26R will be shut from 23 March.

They will remain closed until 28 May, the NOTAM adds.

Both runways are located on the southern side of Charles de Gaulle airport. Two other parallel runways – 09R/27L and 09L/27R – are situated on the northern side.

Paris Orly airport is also shutting one of its runways, the short 02/20, from 18 March to 18 April, according to a new NOTAM.

While the airports will remain open, some of the terminals will be closed.

SkyTeam carrier Air France says it is adapting its schedules in line with government restrictions, but plans to maintain several international services from 23 March in order to repatriate French and other European citizens.

“To guarantee a regional service vital to the country’s economy, Air France – in co-operation with state departments – will continue to operate most of its mainland France network services on departure from Paris,” it adds.

Air France says the reduced network includes 14 European cities, five in the Americas, five in Africa, and one in Asia. It will also cover 17 domestic destinations and a handful of overseas department routes.