Collapsed C-de-G airport terminal stays shut

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - The partial re-opening to passengers of Terminal 2E at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, where the roof collapsed in May, will take place late this month at the earliest, local officials said Thursday.

PARIS, July 15 (AFP) - The partial re-opening to passengers of Terminal 2E at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, where the roof collapsed in May, will take place late this month at the earliest, local officials said Thursday.  

Safety inspectors must first tour the site and give their formal approval but no date has yet been set for that visit, with late July a best-case timetable, local deputy prefect Jacques Lebrot told AFP.  

Part of the terminal's roof caved in on May 23, killing four people and injuring three others. The accident has cut the airport's capacity by 15 percent, forced airlines to use other terminals and caused many flight delays.  

Sources close to the inquiry said the Paris airport authority (ADP) initially planned for a partial re-opening of Terminal 2E on Thursday, a date confirmed by officials from Air France, the terminal's main tenant.  

 An ADP spokesman emphasized that a partial re-opening of the terminal to passengers would not mean a return to full capacity, saying the space would have to be used differently.  

ADP employees and some concession owners were allowed to return to the ultra-modern Terminal 2E - which opened just last year at a cost of EUR 750 million (USD 900 million) - in late June.

 

© AFP

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