Paris C-de-G airport fears summer chaos

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 25 (AFP) - Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport is to put on extra staff to help passengers during the imminent summer vacation rush, as it struggles to cope with the diruption caused by a deadly terminal collapse last month.

PARIS, June 25 (AFP) - Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport is to put on extra staff to help passengers during the imminent summer vacation rush, as it struggles to cope with the diruption caused by a deadly terminal collapse last month.

A director with the state run Aeroports de Paris (ADP) management company, Elisabeth Le Masson, said Friday 130 youths have been hired to wear yellow vests bearing the slogan "Operation Smile" and direct passengers through the airport's terminals.

The number of ADP staff tasked with checking passengers before boarding planes would also be increased by 30 percent, she said.

The measures are designed to reduce hassles usually encountered during the European summer vacations, when the amount of flights at Charles de Gaulle increase by 15 percent, she said.

This year was going to be particularly tricky because "we are clearly overstretched" as a result of the May 23 collapse of part of the roof of the airport's terminal 2E, Le Masson said.

Four passengers in the terminal at the time died in the accident, which is still being investigated by French authorities.

The collapse cut the airport's capacity by around 15 percent, and caused the number of flights delayed more than 15 minutes to jump 20 percent, according to ADP.

© AFP

 

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