The French government has abandoned plans to add a fourth terminal to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. French minister of ecological transition Ms Barbara Pompili told Le Monde "The government has asked Groupe ADP, formerly Aéroports de Paris, which owns a majority stake in Charles de Gaulle, to abandon its project and present it with a new one, more consistent with its objectives of combating climate change and protecting the environment.”
The decision was also influenced by the fall in air traffic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has altered previous projections that global air traffic would increase from 4.1 billion passengers a year in 2017 to 8.2 billion in 2037.
French government had intended to spend between EUR 7-9 billion on expanding the airport’s capacity by 450 flights a day, and 40 million passengers a year, by 2037. Work on Terminal 4, first announced three years ago, was to have begun this year.
According to the government's new thinking, the revised vision for Charles de Gaulle has three goals. It should improve the airport’s connection with the rail network, use geothermal energy to heat it and adapt its infrastructure to handle planes fuelled by hydrogen and electricity.