By Dominic Welling
Aéroports de Paris (ADP) has revealed extensive renovation plans for two terminals at Paris–Charles de Gaulle airport.
The first stage of the €106 million project will see the construction of a new 16,500sqm building which will interconnect Terminals 2A and 2C.
When completed in 2012, the central building will be expected to handle 10mppa.
The new terminal will be designed to save passengers time when travelling through the airport and will also provide them with greater comfort, the airport authority said.
According to Pierre Graff, CEO of ADP, the new infrastructure will also help free up space in the terminals.
Graff says: "Following an initial investment plan focused on raising capacity between 2006 and 2010, for the next five years ADP will carry out considerable work to renovate older facilities and ensure a more cohesive degree of quality across its terminals.
“The connecting building between terminals 2A and 2C is a first step in this programme aimed at making our airport more competitive and improving passenger satisfaction."
As part of the revamp, the terminals’ layouts will be completely redesigned to simplify passenger routes and orientation within the airport.
On the ground floor there will be a “dedicated control room” which, with 13 passport control windows and 16 security checkpoints, will be designed to cut down on inspection times.
The second floor will consist of a 2,300sqm retail area and the airport lounges will be located on the third floor.
The connecting building is the first step in a complete renovation of terminals 2A and 2C which is due to be completed in the second half of 2013.
Meanwhile, in the second half of 2012 ADP plans to open a new 1,000sqm lounge at the Terminal 2A arrivals level.
In addition, there are plans to renovate Terminal 2A’s boarding lounge as well as the retail area between the two terminals.
In the latter half of 2013, the work will conclude with the renovation of the terminals' public areas.