Airport International News - June 2012
Charles de Gaulle Satellite Terminal Opens
Posted by Paul Fiddian - Airport International's Lead Reporter on 25/06/2012 - 08:00:00
A new terminal is opening at France's largest airport on 28 June 2012.
Located at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the S4 satellite terminal is part of CDG's Terminal 2E. It boasts a host of passenger facilities and is intended to make the airport more attractive to long-haul travellers.
CDG S4's bars, restaurants and shops cover 6,000 square metres of floor space, while its boarding lounges take up over four times that. It's designed to exclusively handle long-haul flights and can handle 16 large airliners simultaneously. It's also expected that, ultimately, Charles de Gaulle's new satellite terminal will add 7.8 million more passengers a year to the airport's current 60+m annual total.
CDG Satellite Terminal
"The launch of satellite S4 and the largest ever Air France lounge marks a turning point in the history of our hub", Air France's CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, explained in a press release.
"In these times of transformation for our airline, we are reconfirming our ambition to offer our customers airport service which is among the best in the world. We are continuing to invest to guarantee all our passengers even more efficiency, fluidity and quality of service".
Charles de Gaulle S4
An Aeroports of Paris design, Charles de Gaulle's S4 satellite terminal is the latest addition to the sixth-busiest airport in the world and the second-busiest in Europe, behind London Heathrow. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport was put into operation in 1974 and has three Terminals, with Terminal 2 being divided into seven linked sub-terminals, lettered ‘A' through to ‘G'.
"By investing €580 million in this new satellite, the airport has taken a major step in terms of quality of service and is taking Paris-Charles de Gaulle to a new dimension with one main objective: to become passengers' preferred hub", Aeroports de Paris' Chairman, Pierre Graff, added.
Image copyright Mai-Linh Doan - Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
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