Air France vows flights unchanged by terminal collapse

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

MOSCOW, May 24 (AFP) - Air France's flight schedules and its plans to acquire new-generation aircraft will not be upset by the partial collapse of a terminal roof at its home in Charles De Gaulle airport, Paris, the airline's chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta, said Monday.

MOSCOW, May 24 (AFP) - Air France's flight schedules and its plans to acquire new-generation aircraft will not be upset by the partial collapse of a terminal roof at its home in Charles De Gaulle airport, Paris, the airline's chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta, said Monday.

"Air France will maintain all its flights while terminal 2E is closed," Spinetta told reporters at the Krelim in Moscow, where Russia's flag-carrier Aeroflot was to sign an agreement to join the alliance Skyteam, led by the French company.

Four people were killed and three injured on Sunday, when tonnes of concrete, metal bars and glass panelling crashed down onto an arrival and departure passageway at the terminal.

Security and cleaning personnel evacuated the terminal on Monday when fresh cracking noises were heard in the roof.

Asked when the terminal might be in use again, Spinetta said "an investigation has begun and it is for the experts to assess the situation."But he recalled that Air France did not cancel any flights on Sunday and said: "It is not for me to say how long the situation will remain difficult, but Air France has shown that it knows how to react to difficult situations."

Spinetta also said he did not expect the accident to affect the airline's plans to acquire the new Airbus A 380, designed to carry more than 550 passengers.

"The new Airbus will be delivered at the end of 2006 or the beginning of 2007 and it is unthinkable that everything will not have been repaired by then." he said.

© AFP

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