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Changes coming for Air France passengers at Charles de Gaulle
Air France said it is teaming up with Aeroports de Paris to rationalize and strengthen its hub operation at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport by making terminal improvements that should permit faster and easier connections.
In July, the airport will cut the ribbon on a new Satellite 4 facility at CDG’s Terminal 2E. That building will be dedicated to “long-haul flights and wide-bodied aircraft” of itself and other SkyTeam members, Air France said, handling up to 7.8 million passengers annually. Satellite 4 will also include a new 3,000 square meter Business Class lounge for Air France.
The facility will have 16 gates capable of handling wide-bodied planes, including seven that can accommodate the A380. Meanwhile, by the end of this year, Terminal F “will be reconfigured to accommodate only flights dedicated to European traffic,” Air France said. “Passengers from the Schengen area (i.e., the 26 European nations that have eliminated border crossing controls) will use dedicated easier and faster connecting channels.” Passengers flying into CDG from a Schengen nation and connecting to an intercontinental flight would not need to clear security a second time.
Air France noted that the new Satellite 4 will enable it to “concentrate its activities to the east of the hub, in terminals 2E, 2F and 2G…This new configuration will provide Aeroports de Paris with the opportunity to reorganize new installations in favor of other airlines.”