Air Canada loses fight over Paris terminal move

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - A French court on Thursday rejected a bid by Air Canada to move back to its regular terminal at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport after the airline was dislodged in the wake of a deadly roof collapse.

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - A French court on Thursday rejected a bid by Air Canada to move back to its regular terminal at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport after the airline was dislodged in the wake of a deadly roof collapse.

The Canadian carrier was temporarily ordered out of Terminal 2A to make room for Air France, whose long-haul flights have been badly disrupted by the May 23 collapse of part of the roof of the ultra-modern Terminal 2E.

Air Canada has said it viewed the move to the more distant Terminal 1 as "unacceptable", especially as it was only to have lasted three days in June but was now expected to continue at least until the end of September.

But the administrative court in the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise ruled Thursday that there was no evidence indicating that the forced move ordered by Aeroports de Paris (ADP) had been illegal.

"We'll be staying in Terminal 1 for a while longer," said Patrick Cloarec, one of Air Canada's managers at Charles de Gaulle airport.

"We don't know yet whether we will continue to pursue this matter in the courts or if we'll go into friendly negotiations," he added.

The director of the French operations of Air Canada, Thierry Baux, told journalists that the airline had invested EUR 2 million (USD 2.2 million) to help renovate Terminal 2A.

Aeroports de Paris declined to comment on the case.

© AFP

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