American Airlines ‘to swap Paris airports’after terminal collapse

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 24 (AFP) - American Airlines is negotiating to move its Paris flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport after the collapse of a modern terminal there a month ago that killed four people, an airport source requesting anonymity told AFP Thursday.

PARIS, June 24 (AFP) - American Airlines is negotiating to move its Paris flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport after the collapse of a modern terminal there a month ago that killed four people, an airport source requesting anonymity told AFP Thursday.

The US airline was looking to move to Orly airport, on the other side of the French capital, the source said.

Neither American Airlines nor Aeroports de Paris (ADP), the French state-run airports management company, would confirm or deny the information.

The capacity of Charles de Gaulle airport has been cut by around 15 percent because of the disaster on May 23, when a section of roof of Terminal 2E caved in, killing a Lebanese woman, a Chinese couple, and a Ukrainian woman travelling under a stolen Czech passport.

ADP has temporarily re-routed some of the flights that used the terminal, notably Air France services, to Orly.

The stricken terminal was completed less than a year ago at a cost of EUR 750 million (USD 913 million).

The airport source said "financial problems" were holding up a quick response to American Airlines's request to swithc airports.

"American Airlines is trying to negotiate lower lease arrangements and is trying to get some of the transfer costs reimbursed," the source explained.

According to ADP, Orly is using only around 80 percent of its total annual capacity of 250,000 flight slots.

© AFP

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