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Paris airport operator faces trial over terminal roof collapse at CDG

The operator of Charles de Gaulle airport will be tried for manslaughter over the 2004 collapse of a terminal in which four people were killed, legal sources said Friday.

Paris airport operator faces trial over terminal roof collapse at CDG
Photo: AFP
In a ruling issued this week, the investigating magistrate in the drawn-out case ordered that Aeroports de Paris (ADP) face trial, along with the construction, engineering and inspection companies involved in the building and certification of terminal 2E.
   
The ruling was made on Tuesday but only confirmed to AFP on Friday.
 
   
The accident at Charles de Gaulle took place 11 months after the curved terminal of concrete, glass and steel — which was designed by award-winning French architect Paul Andreu and cost 750 million euros ($886 million) — was inaugurated to universal acclaim.
 
   
On May 23, 2004, a 30-metre (33-foot) section of the roof of the departure lounge collapsed, killing four foreign travellers and injuring seven others.
 
Two of the dead were from China and one each from Lebanon and Ukraine.
 
   
In 2005, an expert report blamed design and structural faults for the roof's collapse but did not apportion blame.
   
After multiple other expert reports, prosecutors in 2014 recommended thatthe ADP and the three other companies be prosecuted.
 
But the magistrate only gave the go-ahead for the trial this week.
 
ADP declined to comment.

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French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway

A major programme of renovation work has been ongoing at Lille-Lesquin airport, but now airport bosses say that the terminal will have to close completely for a short period.

French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway
Photo: AFP

The works have been going on at the north east France airport since November 2018, but now airport bosses say they have no choice but to close completely for two days in August to allow works to be done on the main runway.

There will therefore be no flights taking off or landing at Lille between 11pm on Monday, August 5th and 2pm on Wednesday, August 7th.

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Flights for those days are being diverted to either Ostend in Belgium or Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The airport operators are offering free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from the diverted airport, but at 223km to Paris or 72km to Ostend, that will add significantly to journey times for flights.

For example anyone booked on the 6am flight to Varna, Bulgaria, will have to depart from Lille airport in the shuttle bus at 00.30 in order to get to Paris CDG in time to catch their flight.

Lille airport bosses apologised in advance to passengers for the disruption, but said that August was the most appropriate month to carry out the closures.

For a full list of the flights affected, and the timetable of the shuttle bus alternative, click here.

The site warns that some details are subject to change, so we would suggest that people check again nearer to their flight date.

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