Paris terminal collapse could stay shut 'a year'

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, France, May 25 (AFP) - The departure area of the terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport hit by a fatal roof collapse will probably remain closed for more than a year, airport director Rene Brun said Tuesday.

CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, France, May 25 (AFP) - The departure area of the terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport hit by a fatal roof collapse will probably remain closed for more than a year, airport director Rene Brun said Tuesday.

"We don't expect it to be back in service for several months, even more than a year," he told a press conference.

However other parts of the ultra-modern Terminal 2E could re-open "in a matter of weeks," he said.

"We will need to find substitutes for the departure area" for the terminal to operate, he said.

Sunday's disaster affected a section of the 650-metre long departure area, which is connected by a central passage-way to the terminal's check-in area.

Technical and judicial enquiries are underway into the causes of Sunday's collapse, in which four people died.

The head of the airports authority (ADP) has said the whole building may be demolished if a design flaw is shown to be the origin.

© AFP

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